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July 18, 2018

Port of Vancouver selects operator for new container examination facility

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) selected Tidewater Container Services through Harbour Link to be the operator and drayage provider for the newly built container examination facility located on Tsawwassen First Nation industrial lands.

The Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility will augment the existing facility in Burnaby and will initiate the new Canada Border Services Agency marine container examination process focusing on technology (scans) and less on manual inspections.

Tidewater Container Services Inc. - a wholly owned subsidiary of Harbour Link Container Services Inc. - will focus its activities performing comprehensive container and cargo handling services for VFPA related to the examination of containerized cargo by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF) was built to enable CBSA to fulfill their national security obligations.

Tidewater will also broaden Harbour Link's capabilities to include integrated cargo transloading solutions as an important element of its scope of services by utilizing approx. 50,000 sq' of the TCEF structure to provide commercial warehousing and transloading services.

The facility is expected to be substantially complete by early fall 2018. Once complete, the port authority will apply for an Occupancy Permit from the Tsawwassen First Nation. Upon receipt of that permit, the operator will begin outfitting the facility to make it operational. It is expected to be operational by end of 2018.

Sources: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Harbour Link Container Services