G3's Vancouver terminal opens on the west coast

A state-of-the-art grain export terminal at the Port of Vancouver has become the latest component of G3’s growing network, and officially opened this week.

“G3 began with the vision of building a more efficient path from farmers’ fields to global markets,” says president and CEO of G3, Don Chapman. “We are very proud to see this vision become reality at G3 Terminal Vancouver, thanks to the safe and efficient work of our contractor Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. and with the help and cooperation of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.”

Construction began in March of 2017 at the site and is now substantially complete. The terminal has been receiving grain by rail and loading it onto ships for the last several months, according to a press release.

G3 hopper cars on the loop track for unloading grain at G3 Terminal Vancouver. (supplied)

The facility can receive up to three 150-car trains on its modern loop-track system, which is unique among grain exporting terminals in Canada. Trains can quickly unload while in motion and travel back without detaching from their locomotives.

The terminal itself can accommodate vessels up to Capesize (average capacity of 156,000 deadweight tonnage), and its three ship loaders can load grain at up to 6,500 tonnes per hour. The terminal has a storage capacity of 180,000 metric tonnes, and receives and ships a variety of grains and oilseeds.

The terminal, located in North Vancouver, sets a new standard for the industry, the company says.

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