Monday, January 18, 2010

Deltaport’s Third Berth Officially Opens for Business.

On Monday the new C$400-million third berth at British Columbia’s Deltaport container terminal officially opened for business.

The major infrastructure project, which took two years to construct, increases Deltaport’s capacity by up to 50 per cent, and creates 356 new jobs.

“Every container that lands at the port generates approximately C$2,200 in economic output,” says Michael Moore, President and CEO of Global Container Terminals.

Construction of the new berth began in January 2007 and was completed in December 2009. The shared infrastructure investment was completed on budget and on time by port Metro Vancouver and Global Container Terminals, and created 640 “man-years” of employment during construction.

“Over the next ten years, container traffic through the West Coast is expected to double,” says Robin Silvester, President and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver. “The new berth at Deltaport is part of a long-term plan to strengthen Canada’s Pacific Gateway and ensure our ability to accommodate the growth in container trade, in particular with Pacific Rim economies like China.”