Canada Port Prepares for Mass Expansion


Maher Terminals Holding, the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal recently announced its decision to go ahead with the expansion of the seven-year-old facility, thereby increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEU to 1.3m TEU to accommodate growing container volumes.

Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said “Intermodal customers have been capitalising on the advantages of Prince Rupert as part of their transpacific trade solution since Fairview’s first phase opened in 2007.

“We’re very pleased to see Maher Terminals continue delivering on the vision of fast, reliable container service — while creating new opportunities for the workers, communities, and nations who benefit from this trade gateway.”

The project will provide a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard.

On-dock rail trackage will also be expanded through densification of the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tyred gantry crane operation.

Gary Cross, President and CEO of Maher Terminals, said: “The two-berth, eight-crane operation that the expanded Fairview Container Terminal will provide, together with the intense focus on delivering industry-best dwell times, assures ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners alike that the Prince Rupert gateway will continue to flourish as a premium service provider by remaining comfortably ahead of demand.”

The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

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