Thursday, September 27, 2012
Fraser Surrey Docks to handle U.S. coal
By Fred McCague, CBN Contributing Editor - Canada
Fraser Surrey Docks will soon begin loading coal to barges. The dock has applied to Port Metro Vancouver for a permit to build coal-handling facilities, and plans to handle up to 2 million tons in 2013 and 4 million in 2014.
The facility will have a maximum capacity of 8 million tons per year. All cargo will be loaded at the terminal's existing Berth 2, which will receive minor modifications in order to accommodate two 8,000-ton barges at a time.
The coal will be from U.S., likely from the Powder River basin in Montana and Wyoming, and will be shipped in bottom-dump cars via BNSF. The BNSF mainline to Vancouver passes directly by the terminal.
The coal will be transferred directly to barges and towed 80 miles north to Texada Island, where there is an existing facility that already handles coal from a mine near Campbell River that is barged to the terminal.
Fraser Surrey Docks is a large container and multipurpose terminal that is currently handling steel, forest products, logs and agri-bulk cargo in addition to containers.
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