Deltaport, Canada’s largest container terminal, opened a third berth Monday, increasing the capacity of the Port Metro Vancouver, Canada, facility by 50 percent.
The $400 million project, which included adding almost 50 acres of backland for container storage as well as three dual-hoist quad cranes, increases Deltaport’s capacity to 1.8 million 20-foot equivalent units a year.
Deltaport, operated by Global Container Terminals, handles 45 percent of the containerized cargo that moves through Canada’s west coast.
Container traffic through Canada’s west coast is projected to double over the next 10 years, said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. The expanded Deltaport will help to accommodate the growth of trade, especially with Pacific Rim countries, and is part of the long-term development plan for Canada’s Pacific Gateway, Silvester said.