Inland port to spare farmland

Written on Friday, July 18th, 2014
Inland port to spare farmland

Originally published in the Delta Optimist

You can't fault them for trying. It looks like it's a longshot, but municipal politicians and bureaucrats here in Delta haven't given up on the notion of an inland port. They continue to put together a business case, and certainly have a willing partner in Ashcroft, but it's the folks from Port Metro Vancouver they ultimately have to convince if this is going to become anything more than a noble idea.

Given our strategic location in this country, and the enormous focus our governments are putting on the Asia-Pacific gateway, the pressure on our waterfront, as well as on our upland areas, won't abate anytime soon. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Terminal 2, a second three-berth container terminal currently being proposed for Roberts Bank, isn't the last mega project eyed for our shores.

Recognizing the immense impact a major port could have on the adjacent land base, civic officials are doing what they can to spare the prime farmland of west Delta by advocating for the expansion of the Ashcroft Terminal in the B.C. Interior.

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Industrial Exec: 'Inland Ports' Are Key Growth Areas

Written on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Industrial Exec: 'Inland Ports' Are Key Growth Areas

Originally published at GlobeSt.com

At next month’s I.CON: The Industrial Conference in Jersey City, business development specialist Steve Schellenberg of IMS Worldwide will moderate a panel on dynamic growth in emerging markets. The session at NAIOP’s event will focus on two “inland port” areas, the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and Norfolk, VA. Previewing the panel discussion, Schellenberg spoke by telephone with GlobeSt.com’s Antoinette Martin.

GlobeSt.com: Why the focus on these ‘secondary’ markets at this national NAIOP conference?

Schellenberg: The smart money and smart investor must learn to understand the trends that are driving growth in the Lehigh Valley and Norfolk and identify those markets that have the same potential to succeed. Discussion of port logistics for many years involved only what happens on the water side of the ports. Today, the critical issue for the logistics supply chain is: how to provide an array of options to move freight inland.

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Expansion Complete at B.C. Rail Terminal; Vancouver Port Ponders Bigger Container Terminal

Written on Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Expansion Complete at B.C. Rail Terminal; Vancouver Port Ponders Bigger Container Terminal

Originall published at Progressive Railroading.

The Canadian government on Wednesday announced the completion of an expansion project at Ashcroft Terminal in Ashcroft, British Columbia, that's designed to improve the flow of goods by rail.

The terminal is located on CN and Canadian Pacific mainlines that feed into Port Metro Vancouver. The project, which began in February 2013, involved enhancements to the connection to CP's mainline, with additional rail-car storage, transload facilities and support tracks. The improvements will enable the terminal to more efficiently handle industrial, mining and agricultural products, resulting in shipments moving more quickly through the rail corridor, government officials said in a press release.

"The expansion project has allowed Ashcroft Terminal to provide an alternative to truck traffic to help reduce congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions," said Robert Landucci, the terminal's chief executive officer.

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Completion of Ashcroft Terminal's Expansion

Written on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Completion of Ashcroft Terminal's Expansion

Originally published by the Government of Canada

More competitive options for Asia-Pacific Gateway shippers

Ashcroft, British Columbia - The Government of Canada today announced the completion of Ashcroft Terminal’s Expansion project, which will improve the flow of goods by rail, and give local industry a competitive edge in international trade.

The newly completed terminal expansion project — announced today by Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport — added a 1,500-metre enhanced connection to the mainline with additional railcar storage, transload facilities and support tracks. These improvements will help the terminal to more efficiently handle manufacturing, industrial and mining materials, and agricultural products. They will also allow shipments to move more quickly through the rail corridor.

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The Lower Mainland's Industrial Real Estate Crunch

Written on Monday, May 5th, 2014
The Lower Mainland's Industrial Real Estate Crunch

Originally published in BC Business.

As developers face new demands from global logistics firms and run up against finite resources, it’s time to move beyond old debates about warehouses versus crops and find innovative ways to accommodate industry on scarce land.

There were high-fives all around last December when Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone presided over the long-awaited opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. After five years of construction, a key piece of the puzzle was finally in place, transforming the Lower Mainland into a transportation hub that would link our ports and rail yards with manufacturers, exporters and consumers the world over.

There’s just one problem, though. As we build our transportation infrastructure, we also need land—and lots of it—to manufacture, store and sort all those materials and goods that are moving through our province. And land is at a distinct premium in the Lower Mainland.

Industry was long ago squeezed out of prime urban waterfront real estate by commercial and residential development: the sawmills that once lined the shores of False Creek and Coal Harbour have been replaced by forests of condos and offices. Forced to the urban periphery, industrial developers are now feeling the squeeze as they run up against agricultural land, much of it preserved by legislation.

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