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Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility: Update

To learn more about Fraser Surrey Docks’ Direct Transfer Coal Facility, check out our featured article in Business in Surrey: here.

For information on our public engagement, please see our full Public Engagement Summary Report: here.


Fraser Surrey Docks joins Green Marine

March 25th, 2013

Fraser Surrey Docks is pleased to announce that it is a member of Green Marine! Click here for more details. Or, visit Green Marine's website at: Fraser Surrey Docks would like to officially announce its membership in the Green Marine Program. Please find our press release here!

Letter to Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

February 14 , 2013

Robin Silvester
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3T4

Dear Mr. Silvester,

We are writing today to express our strong support for BC’s coal industry and the jobs and economic activity created throughout Canada by the coal supply chain. We also want to address misinformation being spread by some organizations regarding the safe handling of coal, the use of coal as a global commodity, and the consultation process for coal projects.

We wish to begin by noting that the coal industry has been part of the economic heart of communities throughout our province for over 100 years. The coal supply chain – from mining town to port city – creates high paying job opportunities for families in a number of B.C. communities. In fact, the industry creates over 26,000 B.C. jobs in mining, transport, equipment and other related sectors, and generates over $5 billion in economic activity each year, including about $400 million in revenues that go to support critical public services such as health care and education. Restricting or delaying the development of the coal supply chain will result in the loss of a livelihood for a significant number of families in British Columbia and impact the government’s ability to deliver public services.

It is important to note that coal is inert and not toxic.  It is not classed as a dangerous or hazardous material by Transport Canada, and it is not on the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) list of carcinogenic agents or possibly carcinogenic to humans. Furthermore, Canada’s mining industry operates under strict environmental and safety regulations that are among the highest in the world.  Every precaution is taken to ensure the health and safety of the communities where mines are located and in communities along the rail lines. They have been safely transporting and handling coal for decades and will continue to uphold the highest environmental and community standards.  

All of the region’s terminals have extensive dust suppression systems, monitoring and investigation programs.  Any concerns from residents are fully investigated to ensure that coal remains on the terminal sites. In addition, air and water discharges from terminals are regulated and controlled by permit. B.C. rail carriers have also implemented dust mitigation programs designed to address dust releases from rail cars in transit.

Coal is an important commodity for producing steel and energy globally.  Steelmaking coal is vital to everyday life around the world – it’s used to produce everything from the steel in automobiles and rapid transit vehicles to household appliances to living accommodations and business infrastructure.  Steel also plays a critical role in green energy production. For example, about 100 tonnes of steelmaking coal is required to produce the 185 tonnes of steel used in a typical wind turbine.

Worldwide, the use of coal as an energy source remains crucial to the economies of many developed and developing countries.  Almost half of the world’s population relies on coal for energy.  It allows a growing world population to access electricity which is shown to greatly improve the quality of life both economically and health wise. Without coal as part of the energy mix, millions of people will needlessly remain in poverty.

Businesses in the mining and transportation sectors operating in B.C. also recognize their responsibility to consult with the public on proposed projects such as those under review by the Port. You have a rigorous regulatory process that all proposed projects must follow, and public consultation is an essential part of that process.

In conclusion, we want to ensure that the Port is aware that there is strong support for the important role of B.C.’s coal industry in our economy and that you have the facts on coal, its safety and the important economic benefits the industry provides to all British Columbians.


British Columbia’s Coal Industry and Supporters

Fraser Surrey Docks Endorses Premier Clark's Commitment to Replacing the George Massey Tunnel

September 28, 2012

Surrey, British Columbia: Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) applauds the BC Government's announcement to plan for the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel within the next ten years. The announcement is tremendous news for Fraser Surrey Docks and Port Metro Vancouver, who rely on efficient infrastructure for the import and export of Canadian products.

Fraser Surrey Docks is Surrey's only marine terminal and an integral part of British Columbia's Asia Pacific Gateway. Sufficient draft in the Fraser River is critical to the port's ability to service the world's increasing fleet of larger vessels. The draft of the Fraser River is limited by the George Massey Tunnel and the announcement by the BC Government will help ensure the long-term viability of Fraser Surrey Docks, the creation of jobs and maintain capacity to move Canadian goods through Canadian ports.

"Premier Christy Clark's announcement to replace the George Massey Tunnel is great news for the hundreds of people who are employed at Fraser Surrey Docks.", says Jeff Scott, President and CEO. "This announcement displays the government's ongoing commitment to creating a strong environment for economic growth," continued Scott.

"FSD plays a pivotal role in the local economy and we're thrilled to see the government's support for the businesses and people on the Fraser River, the City of Surrey and Delta. We look forward to working with the BC Government, Port Metro Vancouver and various stakeholders to ensure that the Fraser River remains an essential component of the Asia Pacific Gateway," continued Scott.

Fraser Surrey Docks is a modern multi-purpose marine terminal that has been serving the needs of our customers for 50 years. The facility is located on the Fraser River in Surrey, British Columbia. It is the largest facility of its kind on the west coast of North America.

For more information:
Brittany Auvinen, Public Affairs
Fraser Surrey Docks

Fraser Surrey Docks: Direct Transfer Coal Facility

Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) has applied to Port Metro Vancouver for a project permit to build coal handling facilities within the existing terminal operations. The facilities would allow for the direct transfer of coal from trains to barges via a conveyor system, meaning no permanent stockpiling of coal at the terminal would be required.

FSD is investing in the future. We're strengthening our role as a key link in Canada's Pacific Gateway and as an important contributor to our local and provincial economy. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2012, we're building on our solid foundation of reliability and efficiency to forge an even stronger future in partnership with our customers, employees and community.

For more details on the FSD's Direct-to-Barge permit application currently in the approval process with Port Metro Vancouver, please check the Project Review page of the Port Metro Vancouver's website

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