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Planned Reopening of the RIVERPORT Off-Dock Container Terminal Richmond, B.C. Canada

Posted 2015-03-08 by Harbour Link in news

As you know last April (2014), Harbour Link open an Off Dock Container Depot at RIVERPORT on approx. 9 acres of the Fraser Wharves Auto Terminal Complex. This was done to help ease the critical congestion that was being encountered at the Gateway due to a combination of disruptions that impeded the transit of containers by rail, truck and ship.

Following the normalization of port operations in June 2014, it became necessary to cease operations at the site pending the successful completion of a permitting process required by PMV and the City of Richmond (or any other municipality) to achieve approval for a change of use of the site, or for that matter, any other property.

The permitting process is an expensive and major undertaking that involves undertaking traffic, soils, water, noise, environment impact studies and a public communication process to achieve approval.

After carefully assessing the geographic merits of the site and the dynamics of the Port’s container trade, we believe there is growing market demand for an additional full service off dock container depot that embodies cargo trans-loading services for both importers, exporters and shipping lines. For this reason, Harbour Link has submitted a request to PMV for the site to be reactivated to continue performing off dock container depot and container trans-loading services under a long term lease.

The permitting process is underway and we anticipate it will take approx. 6 months to successfully complete.

Some shippers and importers have already visited the site and have expressed keen interest in the site to achieve a reliable supply chain that synchronizes their supply chain requirements with the port interface.

The guiding operating principle to be followed by Harbour Link at the site is the harmonization of trans-loading services for import and export cargo in a manner that will enable the termination/access by shippers and receivers of empty containers at the site belonging to shipping lines that have designated Harbour Link to be their off dock empty container storage depot operator at the Vancouver Gateway.

Our objective is to provide solutions that establish a better supply chain for the seamless flow of containers via the Port of Vancouver Gateway to match customer supply chain requirements with the port interface.

The addition of the terminal will expand Harbour Link’s off-dock capabilities for the storage and handling of empty containers on behalf of shipping companies and the trans-loading of containerized cargo for shippers and receivers.

A Harbour Link representative will be contacting you shortly to discuss the benefits of utilizing the site as a key component of your supply chain. In the meantime, to learn more about how RCT can provide you with an improved and affordable supply chain please contact David Payne or Brian Yamaguchi at 604-940-5522

We thank you for your consideration to utilize RIVERPORT

Yours truly
David M. Payne