DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have announced an agreement to study further expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert.
DP World is the operator of the Fairview Container Terminal and construction is currently underway for the phase II north expansion.
The Canadian government’s approval has been received for the phase II south expansion of the terminal further to the environmental assessment, completed on terminal expansion in 2012 in accordance to the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
Under the feasibility study agreement, DP World intends to study current marine liner services and container volume growth forecasts for trans pacific trade on the West Coast, weighing demand for activation of Fairview’s phase II expansion to align the project schedule with market demand.
This study is critical to the future growth of port operations within British Columbia and will serve as the basis for moving forward with this project in a timely manner.
The agreement also included the intention to establish a cohesive and systematic approach to information sharing, as well as environmentally sustainable port initiatives.
Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Canada, said: “Phase II South, which could potentially be delivered within the next three to five years depending on demand, would increase the total capacity of Fairview Container Terminal to in excess of 2 million TEU, and would provide capacity to meet Canada’s Pacific container terminal capacity requirements for decades to come in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.”
Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said: “The growth in traffic at the Fairview Terminal, North America’s fastest-growing intermodal gateway, has been a validation of the Prince Rupert advantages in transpacific shipping. We are pleased to see DP World ready to seize those advantages and move forward with planning the terminal’s continued expansion.”
In early 2015, the Phase II North expansion project was launched, which will raise the terminal’s capacity to approximately 1.3 million TEU upon completion in 2017.