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Case Study

Container capacity improvement program

British Columbia port

The Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest and busiest port, explored potential improvements in the Lower Mainland terminals to significantly increase container capacity to meet future growth and demand. The Container Capacity Improvement Program (CCIP) was the Port’s long-term strategy to deliver projects that will meet the anticipated growth in demand for container capacity in 2030.

The Situation

The projects focused on initial investment and infrastructure improvements to an existing terminal (Deltaport) and the new proposed Terminal 2 at Roberts Bank in Delta, BC. Given their location outside of Vancouver and proximity to major transportation corridors, the Roberts Bank terminals are well positioned to accommodate future growth with several competitive advantages including one of the most efficient ship-to-rail designs of any port in North America. Terminal 2 is proposed as a land-fill island connected to the existing land-filled terminal containing the Deltaport container terminal, the Westshore coal terminal and the major rail support yards for both terminals. The full development of the CCIP program was in excess of $5 Billion CDN.


Advisian/WorleyParsons were retained to provide Program Management Consultancy services to coordinate the following workstreams for the CCIP:

  • Preliminary engineering and planning Environmental assessment and permitting
  • Sustainability, market and concession planning
  • Public communications and consultation
  • Construction management of major road and rail infrastructure development project (design-build contract)

Our consultants performed both program and project management for an integrated team and in many cases, acted as a full-time extension of port staff, to move this project to its next phase of final design.  


The CCIP explored the full development of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, a multi-berth container terminal with potential capacity of nearly 2.4 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers) per year to meet forecasted demand. The initial planning phase, preliminary engineering, and the submission of the Draft Environmental Assessment to both Federal and Provincial agencies has been completed. The completed works included a master transportation plan, technical studies to support terminal design, preliminary analysis on the timing, and structuring of concessionaire arrangements for the future potential participation of private interests in constructing and operating the proposed new terminal facility, preliminary engineering design and cost estimates and a full public communication and outreach as part of the Draft Environmental Assessment delivery. It also included the completion of a major highway overpass and rail realignment project.  

1 The Port of Vancouver was formerly referred to as Port Metro Vancouver and is now the operating entity for the marine cargo terminals of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.