VITERRA Inc., Canada's grain industry leader, announced that it is beginning operational improvements and upgrades at its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver, B.C.
The project is aimed at modernizing the terminal with enhancements that will increase shipping throughput and capacity, as well as improve current handling and processing procedures. The total overall investment is expected to exceed $100 million.
The project will have several components, including the installation of new bulk weighers, upgrades to shipping conveyors and rotary cleaners and improved electrical and dust control systems. The most significant component planned is the installation of a new ship loader system, which is expected to significantly increase shipping capacity and allow for the loading of "post-Panamax" vessels.
It is anticipated that all of these initiatives will be completed by 2016 and result in a rated capacity of up to 6 million metric tons annually.
Located on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet, Viterra's Pacific Terminal processes and ships a wide variety of agricultural commodities, including peas, canola, flax, lentils, soybeans and corn.