Roberts Bank Superport
|This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of Canada.|
Roberts Bank Superport is a twin-terminal port facility located on the mainland coastline of the Strait of Georgia in Delta, British Columbia. Opened in 1970 with Westshore Terminals as its only tenant, Roberts Bank was expanded in 1983–84, and in June 1997 opened a second terminal, the Deltaport Terminal container facility.
Both terminals export coal to Asian buyers. As of 2011 Canada was the world’s seventh-biggest coal exporter.
Part of Port Metro Vancouver, Roberts Bank is also known as the Outer Harbour of Canada's busiest port. Westshore is the busiest single coal export terminal in North America and is operated by the Westar Group on a long-term contract. TSI Terminal Systems Inc. operates Deltaport Terminal, the largest container terminal in Canada.
Roberts Bank was built at the end of a long causeway over a shallow bank. Originally created as a 20 acre pod of reclaimed land for a major coal port, it is now four times that size. In January 2010, Deltaport added a third berth and doubled its capacity. It is now one of the busiest import/export ports in North America and a major hub for container trucking companies.
The port is serviced by Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway. Seaspan International provides tugboat services to both terminals at Roberts Bank.
- "What Canada stands to gain from the global coal boom" Josh Wingrove, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2011.
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