South Fraser Container Services (2005) Ltd.

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South Fraser Container Services (2005) Ltd is an export oriented reload and transportation company offering container reload / transload and transportation services in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.


With three yards in Delta (two of which operate day and afternoon shifts) and our own fleet of trucks we are able to service all four of the Major container terminals in Metro Vancouver. We have the ability to receive cargo by road, rail (BNSF, CP and CN at the Hopcott yard) and by barge (break bulk on our own barge slip and rubber tired  using Seaspan facilities). The cargo we load for export originates on Vancouver Island, Mainland British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Inventory and export documentation is managed through our LISA computerised inventory system. We also do transloading/reloading for import and domestic cargo.


In addition to the above, SFCS provide a “rubber tired” barge service between Nanaimo (serving all of  Vancouver Island) and Tilbury Island in Delta (serving Metro Vancouver and the Mainland). This "rubber tire" service covers the movement of import, export and domestic containers, B trains, Flat decks and Vans.









This ever growing service is predicated on using the shoulder services of Seaspans barge and Ferry service. To enhance the Barge Service South Fraser Container Services (2005) Ltd offers a tractor service to carriers not having tractors either in the Mainland or on Vancouver Island. In either case SFCS (or one of our partners) will pick up or deliver your load on your behalf (in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley) without the client ever being aware it was not your truck performing the move.


SFCS also offers some Logistics / Transportation services to complement and enhance your supply chain including reload / transload services for cargoes of all types.


Container reload, transload, transportation or logistics SFCS is on the road to meeting our vision as an essential component of your business.


Opportunity, efficiency, professionalism, experience and service based on mutual benefit… that is SFCS.


Last updated: December 13, 2012



SFCS operates two yards in Metro Vancouver which provide Reload / Transload services. These fenced and gated yards are centrally located to all the major container marine Terminals.


We can receive product by truck, rail and barge (trailers or break bulk); reloading or transloading  and drayage of export containers; pick up and delivery of import containers with an emphasis on Vancouver Island using our barge service.


Our reload/transload yards (Hopcott and Tilbury) offer both day and evening shifts giving you operational flexibility to meet your products needs.

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We are closed From noon Dec 24th re-opening 07:30 hrs December 27th



Container Terminals (Deltaport/Vanterm/Centerm) Christmas hours: closed Dec 24th from 11:00 hrs (Centerm 12:00) re-opening Dec 27th 07:00


Container Terminals (Deltaport/Vanterm/Centerm)  New Years hours: Closed Dec 31st from 11:00 hrs (Centerm 12:00)re-opening Jan 2nd 07:00



ILWU’s Local 500/502 next scheduled union meeting night January 16th,  2013.

No Night Gates!



Note Changes on the SFCS Barge Schedule.

 Be sure to have your trailers at the Tilbury Terminal at least 30 minutes prior to sailing.





Effective  Oct 1, 2012 we will be assessing a 6 % Fuel Surcharge in accordance with the Vince Ready MOU for Q4, 2012.

This will be reviewed for Q1, 2013


Night Gates:

Centerm: Dec 13 Saturday Dec 22 day gate

Deltaport: Dec 13, 14, 20, 21 Saturday Dec 22 Day Gate

Vanterm: Dec 13, 14, 17,18, 20 & 21 Saturday Dec 22 Day Gate



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The World's container fleet has hit 16 million TEU with 802,000 TEU added in the first half of 2012. The cellular container fleet  as of June 26th totals 4,952 vessels. A further 670,000 TEU are due to be delivered in the second half of the year posing a significant challenge for an industry that is still suffering from excess capacity according to Paris-based Alphaliner  2012/06/26

SFCS Hopcott Yard 25 November 2010 Note: Railcar, Super B, SFCS tractors and chassis as well as staged containers for Hapag Lloyd, Evergreen, PIL, Cosco, OOCL and maple leaf


Member of the Vancouver Transportation Club


Vancouver Port Labour:


ILWU 500/502

In the spring of 2011 the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the ILWU (Longshore) ratified a collective agreement. This 8-year Collective Agreement is in effect until March 31, 2018.


ILWU 514

A separate agreement for the approximate 500 ILWU Foreman was ratified January 30, 2012 between the BCMEA and the ship and dock foremen of ILWU Local 514.

 This 8-year Collective Agreement is in effect until March 31, 2018.



The terms of the 5-year agreement take effect January 1, 2012 valid till Dec 31/17



The Canadian Merchant Services Guild (CMSG)

ratified a labour agreement with Seaspan in December 2011. The contract is valid till September 2013.

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Member of the  British Columbia Trucking Association

Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative

December 28, 2011

To All Customers,

                 You may be aware of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) that the Vancouver Terminal Operators have been proposing to implement since May 2011. We have been working with both the MVCDA and the BCTA in trying to have this Initiative deferred until all the issues related to port operations and schedules have been resolved; however it now appears that the TGCI will be implemented effective January 1, 2012

                 TGCI implementation will result in the Terminal Operators imposing a $25.00 charge for any appointments that are cancelled or not filled. Failure to remit payment for TGCI invoices will result in suspension from all terminals.

                 It is imperative that we work closely with you on your shipping requirements. At this time, appointments for Deltaport must be made three days in advance of the appointment date. We make these appointments based on the booking information that you provide.

                 In the event that you have to change or cancel a booking we ask that you inform us before you notify the steamship lines. There may be a possibility that we could use the appointments made on your behalf for other business.

                 However if this is not possible, South Fraser Container Services will be charged a $25.00 cancellation fee. If bookings are changed or cancelled for any reasons beyond our control, we may have no choice but to pass these fees on to our customers.

                 If you require any more information on this issue, please feel free to contact us.

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