When asked about Fraser Surrey Docks’ branding — “The FSD Ascent: Beyond borders. Breaking through.” — President & CEO Jeff Scott describes multiple meanings. “We know we have a long road ahead and a big mountain to climb but we’re prepared to make that journey and make that ascent,” he says. “It’s really about thinking beyond the status quo and about overcoming barriers.” Indeed, Fraser Surrey Docks — the largest modern, multi-purpose marine terminal on the West Coast of North America — is proving to be a formidable player on the Fraser River as it continues to attract new commodities, new services and increased attention for its significance as an economic driver for the economy of B.C.
Photo above: Jeff Scott, President & CEO, Fraser Surrey Docks (credit: Dave Roels, www.daveroels.com).
BCSN: There’s a lot to cover but before we get started, let’s look briefly at FSD’s history.
JS: FSD has been in operation for over 50 years when it was started by Johnson Terminals. Prior to that, there was a one-acre grain facility with a silo on the property. Forest products and steel were the mainstays throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. In 1974, we got involved in handling containers when we purchased two dock gantry cranes and started a barge/short sea shipping service to move containers back and forth to Seattle, Tacoma and locally.
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