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Facility Expansion: Prince Rupert

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Prince Rupert Completes Fairview Terminal Expansion

DP World newly completed expansion of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal boosts the port’s handling capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs annually and allows it to handle the world’s largest container vessels.
The conclusion of the two-year "Phase 2 North" project was celebrated August 29 by shippers, supply chain partners, local labor and First Nations and community leaders with a ribbon cutting and community open house.

The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new "big ship ready" Malacca-max ship-to-shore cranes and is accessible by vessels of more than 20,000 TEU capacity via a 35-meter/115-foot deep shipping channel. The project also added 6,000 feet/1,829 meters of on-dock rail and enlarged the terminal area by 11 hectares/27 acres. Berth depth is 17 meters/55.8 feet at low tide.

The port expects as many as 200 jobs could be created at the terminal as cargo volumes grow to fill the new capacity.

Fairview Container Terminal has enjoyed exceptional success since its opening in the fall of 2007, with throughput skyrocketing from 16,703 TEUs to a record 776,410 TEUs in 2015. Double-digit growth through July suggest 2017 may prove to be yet another record year.

"Prince Rupert’s success has been driven by its unparalleled geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years," said Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World Canada, which took over as Fairview terminal operator in August 2015.

"However," he continued, "as global trade has grown, so has container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customer and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade. Thankfully, our strong relationships with our expansion project partners, ILWU, the Port of Prince Rupert and CN Rail have resulted in an impressive transformation that will provide reliable and competitive service for our customers."

Port Authority CEO Don Krusel called the terminal "a significant addition to Canada’s trade infrastructure, and provides tremendous value to our shippers and many partners" and "major contributor to the regional economy, and could not have been realized without collaboration and support of industry, labor, government, First Nations and our local communities."

Expanded Fairview Container Terminal with 2 vessels at berth
Photo/Prince Rupert Port Authority


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