Village of AshcroftInland Container Terminal
Ashcroft is located in British Columbia's central interior about 165 kilometers northeast ofVancouver and 62 kilometers west of Kamloops. The proposed site is positionedadjacent the Thompson River and is approximately 320 hectares in size. Being locatedon an inside bend in the river, the land is relatively flat and for the most partundeveloped. Access is provided by Evans Road which traverses the properties fulllength, primarily along the northern perimeter next to the river. The key attribute of thesite is that both the CN Rail and CP Rail main lines from Vancouver run through theproperty. It is the only location between Vancouver and Alberta where the two railwaymain lines cross the same property next to each other. This allows for the site to beserved by both of the Class 1 transcontinental railways. All intermodal rail destined toand from Vancouver's deep sea terminals pass through this location. Of the 323hectares, about 200 hectares are zoned for heavy industry and are considereddevelopable.
CresentView Developments owns the site except for the individual rail corridors that runthought is which are owned by the respective railways. The concept of an inland port hasbeen kicked around for a number of years as a possible solution to North America's on-going port congestion issues. The concept is generally not fully developed at this time,and there are no true inland container terminals in operation.
Recently, the Ministry of Transportation Gateway Branch undertook an Inland ContainerTerminal Analysis. The conclusion is that any inland terminal must posses the followingattributes:
Near centre of production/population Availability of suitable land Good mainline rail connections and competitive rail service, and Direct connection to a major highway network.
Ashcroft appears to have three and maybe four (production) of these attributes.
Village of Ashcroft601 Bancroft Street, Box 129, Ashcroft, BC, VOK 1AO
Phone: (250)453-9161Fax: (250)453-9664
Village of AshcroftInland Container Terminal
There are four potential variations identified for an inland container terminal at the site.They are:
1. Inland Container Terminal: In this concept the site will be a true inlandcontainer terminal where shuttle trains deliver randomly loaded containers fromthe deep sea terminals where they will be unloaded, grounded, sorted andreloaded in blocked trains for final destinations in eastern Canada and the USMidwest.
2. Inland Import Distribution Park: This is a concept where containers of goodsreceived at Vancouver's deep sea terminals are trucked or railed to the sire andde-stuffed and sorted for final distribution at large warehouses generally ownedby major retailers. It will involve reload to rail.
3. Rail Blocking Yard: As the site encompasses both the CN and CP main linesthe railways could deliver trains of randomly assembled cars from the deep seaterminals and then at Ashcroft trains would be broken up and re-assembled asfull length trains as per final destinations in eastern Canada ad the US Midwest.
4. Inland Export Transload Facility: In this concept local forest product mills(lumber and/or pulp) will truck their product as either break bulk or in containersto the site where they can be stuffed into containers and loaded to rail in the caseof break bulk, or containers pre-stuffed at the mills loaded to rail. Containers willthen be moved by rail to the deep sea terminals for export.
This concept is similar to the proposal being presented by Venture Kamloops andis the least likely to be developed in Ashcroft.
The Village of Ashcroft supports the development of an inland container terminal withintheir boundary. The Ashcroft Indian Band has provided a letter of support for thedevelopment of an Ashcroft Inland Container Terminal. In the letter Chief Councilor GregBlain states: "This letter will reiterate Ashcroft Indian Band's support for the proposedAshcroft Inland Container Terminal. We share the Village of Ashcroft's vision to developan inland container port in this area of the central interior region of British Columbia:
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VILLAGE OF ASHCROFT601 Bancroft StreetP.O. Box 129Ashcroft, British Columbia VOK 1AOTelephone: (250) 453-9161Fax: (250) 453-9664
AshcroftInland Container Terminal
Village of Ashcroftwww.vlllaae.ashcroft.bc.ca
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On October 11th, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada's New Government ismaking a significant financial contribution to the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative to heipensure Canada's long-term economic competitiveness and prosperity.
"Our country is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the spectacular grow1h that is occurring in the Asia-Pacific region," the Prime Minister said. "Canada should be the crossroads between the massiveeconomy of the United States and the burgeoning economies of Asia."
Prime Minister Harper noted that as a result of these efforts, container traffic at British Columbia's majorcommercial ports is expected to rise to 7 million units annually by 2020, boosting Canada's share ofWest Coast container traffic from 9 to 14 per cent. Most of the container traffic will pass through the Portof Vancouver which already is near capacity. To meet this increased demand new solutions are beingsought.
One possible solution to improve the overall port and supply chain efficiency is the creation of anoperation center away from the congestion area. This inland port or "off dock hub" concept exists and isproven in many other parts of the world. The need and the requirements for such a facility exists in manyof the transportation and economic grow1h documents written by and for the BC provincial government.Furthermore, competitive demand for industrial land (both residential and commercial) in the Vancouverports area will make local solutions virtually impossible.
The main requirement of a solution is to increase the fiow rate of inbound and outbound containersthrough all the BC ports. Additionally, there should be a cost reduction in handling and other containerrelated operations.
We propose an off dock facility to act as a container transit hub as well as a "one stop" containeroperation center. Since in the near future almost 80% of inbound containers shall be destined for pointseast (Canada and USA) they could be moved straight from ship to our hub center via rail. Our facilitywould appear as a virtual port location. As if it was in the lower mainland but picked up and movedoutside the congestion to be a focal point for all the different docks. Such a hub will harmonize actualdock side operations to increase through-put efficiency and reduce costs.
Since the hub should be a "one stop" container operations center there shall many sub business centerswithin, such as cross docking, repair, tracking management (CTS), bulk storage and return, bulk loadingand in-fiow product assemble. We believe there is a great opportunity to work with several BC basedtechnology companies to provide world leading systems management solutions and GPS/Celiulartracking.
We have had lengthy discussions and meetings with:
Vancouver Port Authority
Fraser River Port Authority
Independent Port Operations and Supply Chain Consultants
Railways (CPR, CNR), Shipping Lines, Container Terminal Operators
BC Provincial Government Ministries of Transportation and Economic Development
Asian Gateway Council of Greater Vancouver
Western Transportation Advisory Council
Federal Ministry of Transportation
Western Economic Diversification
End user customers in the USA and Canada
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In addition to concluding the idea is indeed a possible viable solution, we determined the basicrequirements for a location to be:
large amount of relatively inexpensive and available land
relatively close to Vancouver, less than 6 hours by road or rail
direct access to the main lines of both CPR and CNR
near or at major east/west and north/south highways
suitable climate for storage and handling
correct zoning and overall community support
the site can be highly secured
Based on these derived requirements we believe the Village of Ashcroft is a superb candidate for thelocation of an inland port facility.
Ashcroft has over 700 acres of relatively inexpensive available land already zoned for industrialuse.
Ashcroft is relatively close to Vancouver, less than 5 hours by road or rail
Ashcroft has direct access to the main lines of both CPR and CNR as both rail lines run throughthe property. Ashcroft was the original transmodal hub during the late 1800's as goods movedfrom the railway to wagon train up the Cariboo Trail. Railway's are part of Ashcroft's past and willbe part of our future.
Ashcroft is on Highway 97c, 6 km from Highway #1 with access to points east, north and south.
Ashcroft has very little rainfall with a very mild climate suitable for storage and handling
Ashcroft's OCP and Zoning Bylaws have already designated this land as industrial.
This site has controlled access by road and rail and can be highly secured well away from anyresidential development.
We therefore feel this site meets the preliminary functional requirements to greatly improve the containerthrough put to/from Vancouver and on to the rest of North America.
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