It’s not over until it’s over and Peter Ladner has forwarded this article from Business in Vancouver reporting that GCT Canada Limited (that’s Global Container Terminals) wants the Federal Court to make a decision regarding plans to grow container cargo handling capacity at Deltaport.
As I have previously written “Environment and Climate Change Canada’s statement to the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency clearly outlined the catastrophic impact of a new terminal eradicating this sandpiper feeding area… finally, Environment Canada has come out with a definitive statement that should stop this project in its tracks.”
That 2 to 3 billion dollar Terminal 2 would also mean creating a reclaimed paved over industrial island of 108 hectares (266 acres) west of the existing Deltaport, supposedly in water deep enough not to impact the sensitive migratory bird and intertidal habitat.
So the good news was that Global Container Terminal who leases the docks from Deltaport had stated that the Terminal 2 complex proposed at Roberts Bank was “outmoded and no longer viable.” But of course GCT has now dropped their new manifesto, and you can kind of see where they are going in the following words:
“It is GCT’s view that the long-term sustainability of our gateway is only achievable through careful terminal design that reflects a modern, innovative, and a more sustainable approach to planning and constructing such an expansion.”
What that means is they want to EXPAND their existing facility and add a fourth container berth, arguing that “the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority rejected the company’s request to process its preliminary project inquiry to add a fourth container berth at GCT Deltaport (DP4) because the port authority is biased in favour of Terminal 2″. This was actually previously rejected by the port because the required creation of 55 hectares (138 acres) of “fake island” industrial land needed would annihilate the sensitive migratory habitat in the intertidal zone.
There are some deep pockets involved to take on the port authority. Reporter Timothy Renshaw also observes that the second shoe drops with the GTC wanting to stop a May 14 public hearing on the port’s Terminal 2 project, ostensibly because the “Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has failed to provide the information required to justify Terminal 2 and is pursuing the project based on flawed data and a biased rationale.”
You can take a look at Timothy Renshaw’s article talking about the economics of container traffic and the logistics. Of course GCT was also displeased when the Port nixed their fourth berth earlier because of the significant monopoly this one company would have for all container traffic.
Is GCT legally tying up the decision-making process of Terminal 2 while at the same time pushing back for a new “Big Berth” on their existing facility? How long will all this take, and to what outcome?
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