Westshore Terminals has been handling coal at Roberts Bank for 43 years. To continue to support Canadian coal mines, Westshore is investing $230 million over the next five years to replace aging equipment and modernize our office and shop complex.
The project includes replacing our Berth One shiploader and three stacker-reclaimers as well as building a new office, shops and employee facilities complex. All works will be carried out within the existing terminal footprint.
Westshore is the largest bulk-loading terminal on the West Coast of the Americas and is currently the busiest single coal export facility on the continent handling steelmaking and energy coals. The terminal is located on a man-made island linked to the British Columbia Municipalit of Delta by a five kilometre rail and raod causeway.
The terminal operates 24 hours a day, year-round and employs approximately 300 people.
Westshore Terminals has over four decades of operation since its opening in 1970. The coal export terminal located at Roberts Bank, Delta, British Columbia, some 32 kilometres south of downtown Vancouver and only 500 metres from the United States border, is part of Port Metro Vancouver. As Canada’s No. 1 export coal facility, it shipped a record 27.3 million tonnes in 2011, easily surpassing the combined total coal exports of all other Canadian facilities.
For much of the past decade, Westshore has also been the busiest single coal export terminal in all of North America, bringing in billions of dollars of export revenue for Canada and B.C.
In recent years, Westshore has proved to be an increasingly popular choice on the West Coast for United States mines, particularly in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. U.S. shipments reached a record 8.2 million tonnes in 2011.
The Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership is owned by the Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation. Westar Management has a long-term, renewable contract to operate and manage the terminal.