When looking out to the ships in English Bay, one might be surprised to learn just how few are tankers. At present, more than 250 deep draft vessels enter the port each month — about 3,000 per year. Of those 250 per month, only eight are presently destined for Westridge terminal, five of which are tankers. This means traffic to Westridge currently represents less than 3% of the total traffic of Port Metro Vancouver.
With the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and associated dock facilities the Westridge Marine Terminal is forecast to serve 37 vessels per month, of which approximately 34 would be tankers. This increased total would then represent about 14% of today’s marine traffic in Port Metro Vancouver.