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  • Canola Oil Transload Facility
  • Containerized Dry Bulk Handling Project
  • Fairview Terminal Expansion
  • Duke Point Expansion
  • Centerm Expansion Project
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Canola Oil Transload Facility

Project Description

DP World Fraser Surrey Inc. proposes to redevelop a portion of their existing Fraser Surrey Terminal and Berth 10 located at 11060 Elevator Road, Surrey, BC to function as a canola oil transload facility. Redevelopment would result in a canola oil throughput capacity of approximately 1,000,000 tonnes per year.


The Project broadly consists of the following components:

  • Canola loadout terminal at Berth 10, including construction of a concrete marine access trestle, loading platform, and a catwalk connection between Berths 9 and 10 supported by roughly 28 piles total (approx. 35 in-water)
  • Construction of ancillary loading deck and platform infrastructure, such as a marine loading arm and upgraded marine bollards and fenders
  • Installation of two rail spur tracks (one replacement, one new) for rail receiving and unloading, including construction of railcar bottom offloading stations, unloading pumps, piping and control cables
  • Three carbon steel 15,000 metric tonne capacity storage tanks (18m high, 37m diameter)
  • Elevated tank foundations, with associated ground improvement works
  • Vessel loading pumps
  • Containment area with liners, precast walls, and foundations; and
  • New fire water loop with six hydrants
  • Installation of below grade canola oil transmission and recycle lines to connect storage tanks to the marine trestle
  • Development of ancillary facilities including, control building, Motor Control Centre, security facility and vehicle parking
  • Various associated utility installations, relocations and removals



The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Project and Environmental Review Permit (PER No. 22-017) was approved of May 2nd and related information is available through the links below.



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Containerized Dry Bulk Handling Project

Public Notification

Project Description

DP World Fraser Surrey is proposing to utilize specialized revolving heads on up to three existing gantry cranes in order to facilitate the handling of containerized dry bulk cargoes at their DP World – Fraser Surrey Site. DP World anticipates handling a wide range of containerized dry bulk cargoes, which include, but are not limited to copper concentrate, potash, zinc and lead concentrates. The utilization of the specialized revolving heads would allow cargoes to be handled more efficiently. A mobile dust suppression unit fitted around the rim of the vessel hatch would emit water mist to prevent dust from escaping the hold of the vessel.  

Project Activities

   Acquiring new revolving heads for the existing container gantry cranes –the new heads would be capable of rotating a specialized container, positioning it directly within the hold of the vessel and opening it to empty the contents. 

      •   Temporarily replacing the standard spreader heads of the gantry cranes used for unloading containers with the specialized revolving heads. 
      •   The specialized containers are informally referred to as “rotainers” or “rotoboxes” that open on the top rather than on the ends as conventional containers do. 
      •   Existing equipment in the container yard would be used to move the “rotainers” in the same manner as existing container volumes. 
      •   Fitting a mobile dust suppression unit around the rim of the vessel hatch –the unit would emit a vapour wall to prevent dust from escaping the hold of the vessel. 
      •   The mobile dust suppression unit would connect to existing water supply services on site. 

Initial containerized bulk cargoes would be copper concentrate. DP World anticipates handling other containerized bulk cargoes through the terminal. Bulk cargoes that may move through the terminal include but are not limited to

      •    Copper concentrate (initial volumes)
      •    Potash
      •    Wood pellets and chips
      •    Lead concentrate
      •    Zinc concentrate

Please note – all dry bulk cargoes will be fully contained until they are discharged from the vessel. All processing occurs offsite. DP World Fraser Surrey is responsible only for transferring the dry bulk shipment from the container to the hold of the vessel. 

What is copper concentrate? 

Copper concentrate is the first commercial product of the copper production line and is composed of approximately equal parts of copper, iron and sulfide. Concentrates are the raw material for all copper smelters, which by processing it obtain an impure form of metallic copper, anode or blister copper, which is later used to produce high purity refined copper. The production of concentrates implies the crushing and later milling of the ore down to a particle size allows releasing copper by flotation. The concentrates from different regions have approximately between 24% up to 36% of copper. Copper concentrates are then submitted to a final filtration and drying process to decrease the humidity to 8-9%. 

The mobile dust suppression unit will be used to mitigate any “fugitive” dust. 

How does the mobile dust suppression system work? 

While fugitive dust is not anticipated during the loading operations, a mobile dust suppressions system will be used as an additional preventative measure. The system will be installed around the hatch of the hold in the bulk vessel hold prior to unloading of the containers. This system acts as a barrier to further mitigate any fugitive dust emissions from the loading process by continuously spraying a fine mist of water fog from each of the four sides of the ship’s hold and across the top of the ship’s hold during the inverting of the container. This system requires less water than a conventional water spray system and is estimated to use approximately 40 litres of water per hour. It is compatible with the range of products under consideration to move through the terminal. 

Will there be increased noise and construction? 

This project does not require physical works or construction, and increased noise is not anticipated. 

Below is a link to the Public Engagement Considerations & Summary Report, in which questions from the community are addressed:

Fairview Terminal Expansion

Cargo Ship being loaded at Prince Rupert Port at Sunset

With the fastest connection from Asia to North American markets, Prince Rupert plays a critical role in getting Canadians the goods they need.

The Fairview Container Terminal was the first dedicated intermodal (ship to rail) container terminal in North America when it began operation in 2007. The terminal has grown to become a major trans-Pacific trade gateway with a global reputation for speed, reliability and reach.

DP World Prince Rupert has been operating the Fairview Container Terminal since 2015. Since that time, cargo volumes have grown more than 35% from approximately 700,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to over 1 million TEUs. Significant investments in personnel, terminal infrastructure, and equipment have been made to achieve this growth which supports local direct and indirect employment as well as increasing volumes of Canadian and international trade.

Expansion Plans

To support further growth and market demand additional investments in the Prince Rupert Fairview terminal are being undertaken in stages:

      • The Stage 1A Project, which was completed in July 2022, increased the terminal’s sustainable capacity to 1.6 million TEUs
      • The Stage 1B Project, would further increase the terminal’s sustainable capacity to 1.8 million TEUs

The growth of the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert is projected to result in a substantial increase in direct employment as terminal volumes grow.  

Stage 1A Project

The construction of the Stage 1A Project was completed in 2022.

Key project components included:

      • Expansion of the container yard to the south of the existing terminal
      • The installation of Canada’s largest quay crane (completed in June 2021)
      • Investments in additional mobile equipment
      • A direct connection to the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor to eliminate container truck traffic through downtown Prince Rupert.

Additional information on the Stage 1A Project and the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor Project can be accessed through the links below.

The Stage 1B Project is currently in the planning and permitting stage.  

Key project components include:

      • Relocation of the terminal site services, maintenance, and administration facilities
      • Expansion of the intermodal rail yard
      • Expansion of the container yard 
      • Expanded personal vehicle parking for terminal employees
      • Reconfiguration of terminal access, CN rail line and Southern portion of Fairview Small Craft Harbour 

The timing of construction of the Stage 1B Project is dependent on the receipt of regulatory approvals and market conditions.  Additional information on the Stage 1B Project can be accessed through the links below.

Fairview Terminal Expansion


The original terminal had a sustainable capacity of 500,000 TEUs per annum. However, within a few years of opening, annual volumes approached 800,000 TEUs.

As a result of the significant growth in volumes the next phase of development, referred to as Phase 2 North, began construction in February 2015 and was completed in late 2017.

The Phase 2 North Expansion included a second berth north of the existing berth, land fill at the north end to create additional container storage, additional rail track in the intermodal yard and upgrades to the container yard.

The Fairview Phase 2B project follows the 2017 completion of the Fairview Phase 2 North Expansion, which increased the terminal capacity by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs. The Phase 2B Projects, which includes Stages 1A and 1B, will deliver a 40% increase to the container yard capacity, a 21% increase to the intermodal yard and a new 4-lane truck gate which will connect the terminal to the new Fairview-Ridley Connector Road (Fairview-Ridley). The Fairview-Ridley project being delivered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, will remove all terminal truck traffic from downtown Prince Rupert, and provide a more efficient connection to industrial port facilities located on Ridley Island.  The Fairview-Ridley corridor provides additional rail siding infrastructure to support efficient rail operations and the forecast growth in trans-Pacific trade through Prince Rupert.

More information on the individual components Phase of the 2B Terminal Expansion can be found by following the links to Stage 1A and Stage 1B.

Duke Point Expansion

The proposed expansion of Duke Point Terminal will provide exporters and importers with direct access from Nanaimo to global markets. The project has received financial support from the Government of Canada through Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Funding (NTCF) as well as support from the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure through the Stronger BC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan under the Regional Port Enhancement Program. In collaboration with the Nanaimo Port Authority, DP World is committed to expanding economic capacity by enabling the efficient flow of trade both to and from Vancouver Island.

Key project components of the proposed expansion include:

  • Extension of the existing berth from 182 to 325 metres to allow international vessels
  • Replacement of the existing diesel quay crane with 2 fully electric quay cranes
  • Expansion of the container storage area including the introduction of refrigerated containers
  • Addition of covered storage capacity to accommodate a wider range of products
  • Construction of additional facilities including a new operations building and truck gate

to provide importers and exporters with direct access from Nanaimo to global markets


The proposed addition of two fully electric quay cranes will help optimize operations


The proposed improvements will increase the multi-purpose paved storage yard from 15 acres to 30 acres


Working closely with partners and local communities in the design and delivery of this project.

Centerm Expansion Project (CEP)

2023 marked the completion of the The Centerm Expansion Project , a CAD 350m (USD 260m) award-winning project that aims to increase throughput by 60%, positioning British Columbia as a leader in sustainable trade.

The newly expanded terminal can handle 1.5 million TEUs a year, compared to 900,000 TEUs previously, while adding 15% to the terminal’s overall footprint.

Adding two new super-post Panamax cranes increases the terminal’s annual container handling capacity. Moreover, the project comprises two Neo-Panamax Quay Cranes and the berth length increased by 75 metres (12% increase). We also enhanced the truck gate capacity, container yard (27% increase) and rail yard (88% increase) to better serve our customers’ needs.

The terminal expansion also included the South Shore Access Project, which saw the remodeling of our terminal access through the removal of road and rail conflicts in the area and upgrades to Waterfront Road. This will help to more directly connect Waterfront Road to Highway 1 and the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Centerm Expansion Project represents a significant investment in the future of international trade. It shows DP World’s commitment to playing a vital role in connecting Canadian businesses to global markets while contributing to sustainable economic growth and prosperity for everyone.

  • Increased terminal capacity.
  • Reconfiguration of the terminal intermodal yard extending the existing tracks.
  • Improve port roads to enhance goods movement and access along the entire South Shore port area and eliminate road and rail conflicts in the terminal.

Annual terminal capacity increased to 1.5M TEUs


Reconfiguration of the terminal and increasing its footprint by approximately 15 per cent to increase container throughput capacity by 70 per cent


Changes to Waterfront Road create a continuous port road from Canada Place to McGill Street. This will reduce port-related traffic on local roads in the Downtown East Side and East Vancouver


Replacing two legacy quay cranes with modern super-post panamax quay cranes and the installation of five new electrified rail mounted gantry cranes

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