Fraser Surrey Docks


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On November 30, 2015, Port of Vancouver issued a Project Permit to Fraser Surrey Docks, amending their existing Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project Permit. The amendment is a request to change the approved loading infrastructure to allow for a change in the method of shipping for the direct transfer of coal from trains to ocean-going vessels in place of barges, without increasing coal volumes handled at the terminal. Fraser Surrey Docks is currently finalizing its Air Quality Management Plan and their application for a Metro Vancouver Air Quality Management Permit.

For more information on this project, visit the project page.


Fraser Surrey Docks submitted an application to Port of Vancouver for the development of a Direct Transfer Coal Facility at the existing terminal located immediately east of the North Delta/Surrey border to handle up to four million metric tonnes of coal per year. The coal will be transferred directly from the facility to ocean-going vessels.

On August 21, 2014, Port of Vancouver announced its approval of the Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility, for the handling of up to four million metric tonnes of coal per year at the terminal. On September 8, 2014, Delta Council received a report from the Chief Administrative Officer that included a recommendation to request that Port of Vancouver provide the draft Air Quality Management Plan to the Independent Interagency Review Committee for review and that this plan include air quality monitoring along the rail corridor through Delta.

The Corporation of Delta is reviewing and providing comments on the proposed project; however, Delta is not an approving agency.

Independent Interagency Review Committee

At the December 16, 2013 Regular Meeting, Delta Council resolved to not support the Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility proposal, until such time that Port of Vancouver can implement the recommendations of an independent interagency review committee.

The interagency review committee established by Mayor Jackson and Delta Council includes participation from Health Canada, Environment Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Health, Metro Vancouver Air Quality, The Corporation of Delta, City of Surrey, City of New Westminster, and City of White Rock. The committee provides recommendations on the scope, parameters and terms of reference for a comprehensive independent assessment of the health and environmental impacts associated with the handling and transportation of coal.

Reports and Related Documents


For any questions related to Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment
t: 604-946-3281

For more information on the Fraser Surrey Docks Application, please contact:

t: 604-891-1695
mail: PO Box 2233 Vancouver Main, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W2

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