Port Metro Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, has narrowed to five the field of firms bidding to operate a planned Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project at the port, it has announced.
The three-berth container terminal is forecast to provide 2.4 million teus (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container capacity per year. If all goes smoothly according to environmental approvals construction could begin as soon as 2018.
The contract would be for 40 years and the five remaining bidders are: Abu Dhabi Terminals; Grup TCB / Mitsubishi Corp consortium; Ports America; PSA International; and Terminal Link / CMHI consortium. This group has been whittled down from an original set of more than 10 applicants.
Port Metro Vancouver, one of the largest ports by tonnage in North America, is also expanding its intermodal yard at a cost of $285m to ensure continued efficient and fast transfer of goods from ships to trains, especially for delivery of good to the US Midwest.