Viterra Inc – part of the agricultural business segment of Anglo-Swiss commodity trading and mining giant Glencore – officially re-opened its Pacific Terminal at the Port of Vancouver on 27 October.

The event marked the successful completion of Viterra's $100M investment at the terminal, including a new ship loader, new bulk weighers, upgrades to shipping conveyors and rotary cleaners, and improved electrical and dust control systems.

"Our goal through this project was to create a highly efficient port terminal in Canada with unprecedented capability for processing a diverse range of commodities," said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra's president and CEO.

"Our investment will enhance our strategic position on the west coast, as well as our ability to connect the production of our farm customers with our destination customers globally."

The improvements have tripled the handling capacity of the terminal to more than 6M tonnes/year. It also allows for the loading of ‘post-Panamax’ vessels, the largest ships able to navigate through the recently expanded Panama Canal.

"This added capacity is basically equivalent to adding two additional port facilities in Vancouver," Jeworski said. "And while this extra capacity is important for our industry, we have also created further efficiencies by improving our current handling and processing procedures."

Viterra said its main focus at Pacific would be on pulse crops. The company is Canada's grain industry leader, handling, processing, distributing and transporting grains and oilseeds.

Within oilseeds, Viterra operates a canola and soyabean processing and refining plant in Bécancour, Québec with a crushing capacity of 1.05M tonnes/year; and a canola processing plant in Ste Agathe, Manitoba.