New port would enhance the Pacific Gateway, keep it competitive

Our project proposes a large and diversified deep sea port on Jervis Inlet (see map, right).

This new port would eliminate two large and growing problems at the Port of Vancouver — and reduce a longstanding third on the city’s roads and railways.

It would eliminate nagging supply chain hang-ups and growing wait times for moorage at the Port by creating more berths and moorage in surroundings where those hang-ups do not exist — and thus (a) enhance the smooth operation and competitiveness of the Pacific Gateway, while (b) avoiding any need to spend $3 billion on the proposed Terminal 2 at Roberts Bank — a short-term improvement at best. 

Similarly, by diverting the considerable railway traffic that now serves the existing port from the city core’s many level crossings, the proposed new port would reduce much of the congestion misery on Vancouver’s highways and byways, and avoid having to spend an estimated additional $3.5 billion to eliminate those bottlenecks.

The savings thus produced ($6.5 billion, and more to come) would go a very long way to creating the new port ($10 billion estimated); ultimately replacing most if not all of the existing port facilities and freeing that waterfront real estate for higher use and the consid-erable additional revenue it would generate.

The Port of Vancouver began in a virtual wilderness.  In 1887, the Province gave much of Burrard Inlet’s south shore to the Canadian Pacific Railway to entice it to extend its main track from Port Moody to Granville, as Vancouver was then known.  That gift set the stage for the Port of Vancouver to become Canada’s largest and most diversified, although today, more than a century later, it is out of space —  real estate has become prohibitively costly and really not available at all.  Nor is there room to manoeuver. Rail and other congestion create huge supply chain inefficiencies, and the noise and lighting necessary to the port’s round-the-clock operations annoy its neighbours in the increasing numbers of condo-minium towers. Canada’s busiest port needs room to grow — and as stated above, there really isn’t any. 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has called for a review of Canada’s ports to ensure that they can meet the country’s needs for decades to come.  Here on the west coast, the port we propose on Jervis Inlet can do that; for reasons stated, the Port of Vancouver simply cannot.

Jervis Ports Inc. is in its prefeasibility stage.  Capital cost estimates of $10 billion are offset by expected savings of $35 billion.  Establishing Class D feasibility, environmental impact and professional cost estimates are expected to cost $100 million.  Transport Canada has established the National Trade Corridor Fund.  Our mission is to apply to the NTCF for $50 million and elsewhere for matching funds.

The balance of this website demonstrates how this new port can be brought into being.