Will tourists in Delta get off the cruise liners and find out what the city has to offer in a few years?
This is a question that arises again when Vancouver Harbor enthusiastically announced the beginning of 2018 cruise season with the arrival of the first ship at Terminal Canada Place this week.
According to the Port Authority, around 895,000 cruise passengers are expected in Vancouver this year on 241 ship visits, which represents an increase in passenger volume of seven percent compared to 2017.
Passenger numbers in Vancouver have remained strong and stable over the past five years. By 201
In fierce competition with Seattle, the harbor has warned Canada Place will be unable to accommodate the newer, much larger ships, and these ships would have a hard time navigating under the Lions Gate Bridge. The port announced last fall that it worked with a consultant to test the feasibility of a second terminal. In the "Pre-Feasibility" study Delta or Richmond were considered as possible locations.
Port CEO and President Robin Silvester recently told the Optimist that it is still very early in the process of determining whether a second terminal is yet to be tracked and that there is no set timeline.
"The preliminary study just shows that it is feasible and would be very expensive." We discussed very early with industry partners if there is any interest in it. "It is a long way and very conceptual." It is really at this stage which Possibilities exist and what costs and opportunities there are, "he explained.
"It shows how we know from Terminal 2 (planned expansion of the container terminal) that new capacity will be created. This is a long, complex and expensive process and we are still far from starting this process at all. We're really in the middle of the question of whether there's a business case for new capacity, so if there's new capacity, that would logically be outside the Burrard Inlet. But whether it's Delta, whether it's Richmond, if it's even possible, these questions are in the air at the moment. "