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Marine Terminal


The new Marine Terminal will be located on the north shore of the south arm of the Fraser River, at one of the widest and deepest sections of the river. An upgrade of an existing wharf, in an area that is already zoned for heavy industrial use, will be based on best practice designs and incorporate state-of-the-art mooring and offloading technologies.


The marine terminal will be designed to handle small barge shipments and large overseas shipments. These will be short in duration and only a few times a month, based on projected YVR fuel demand. A barge could be expected to deliver fuel once every two weeks with an unloading time around 12 hours, while a Panamax class vessel could be expected 1-2 times per month with an unloading time of between 24 to 36 hours.


Marine transportation of aviation fuel and other petroleum products within the Lower Mainland is not new. This new terminal will be receiving the vessels that are currently making deliveries to the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burrard Inlet. 




The marine terminal will be a designated Oil Handling Facility ("OHF") under Transport Canada and comply with the standards and requirements of the Canada Shipping Act. The Marine Terminal will have a comprehensive Oil Pollution Emergency Plan incorporating specific response strategies tailored to the river environment. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation is the designated Response Organization in western Canada and will provide marine spill response services for both the terminal and shipping companies calling the terminal.



  • All vessels will be double-hulled for optimal safety
  • All vessel movements will be guided by tugboats and government-certified marine pilots on the river and at the Marine Terminal
  • All vessels calling on the terminal will be pre-screened and vetted through a tanker acceptance program
  • All vessels will have Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan, and required to carry pollution liability insurance

Fuel transfer:

  • Fuel will be transferred from vessels to shore using hydraulically-operated articulated unloading arms
  • The unloading arms will be designed to have flexibility and move with the vessel as winds, tides and currents change and as the vessel rises higher in the water as the fuel is offloaded
  • If the movement of the vessel exceeds the safe range, the fuel transfer process will be automatically stopped and the arms will be disconnected using leak-free emergency release couplings
  • The terminal will be equipped with pre-deployed booming.

On-site Spill Response:

  • Spill response vessels will be deployed upon arrival of a vessel in the river, will accompany the vessel to the terminal
  • Before a vessel is offloaded, booms and skimmers will be positioned around the vessel to contain a spill in the unlikely event of an accidental release of product onto water, and to recover the product as quickly as possible
  • The response boats would be on standby to deploy containment and absorbent booms in the water if required


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