Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate megaships with the completion of phase two of construction on DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal.
Fairview Container Terminal, converted from a break-bulk facility in 2007, has through the upgrade increased its annual capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs.
Port of Prince Rupert as a whole port now has also increased its container-handling capacity to 1.35 million TEUs annually.
A second vessel berth serviced by three Malacca-max cranes facilitates berthing and handling of vessels with 20,000 TEU capacity and larger.
Port of Prince Rupert now lays claim to being “one of the deepest port harbours in the world”. In the past its cargo pier depth had been 11-12 metres, according to Ports.com.
Additionally a 6,000-foot addition to on-dock rail capacity and an 11 hectare increase to terminal footprint should improve the speed and reliability of services.
The construction milestone was feted in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by shippers, supply chain partners, local labour and First Nations and community leaders.
Fairview Container Terminal is one of the fastest growing container terminals in North America aiming to serve as a trans-Pacific trade gateway port.
Its location in Prince Rupert provides the closest proximity to Asia and direct access to the most reliable rail network reach of any terminal on the west coast.
Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert, said: “We continue to build on our strengths, and ensure that as we grow as a Port we will maintain the velocity and fluidity that got us here.”
Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Canada said: “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.”
“However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customer and capitalize on other oppotunities, we needed an upgrade.
“Thankfully, our strong relationships with our expansion project partners, ILWU, the Port of Prince Rupert and Canadian National Railway Company have resulted in an impressive transformation that will provide reliable and competitive service for our customers.”
Canadian National Railway Company said: “Opened in 2007 at the western terminus of CN's three-coast transcontinental network, the partnership between the port, Fairview terminal, and the governments of Canada and British Columbia created a congestion-free gateway to growing markets across Canada and the United States.
“The container terminal opened with weekly service from Cosco and a single train a week. Today, the world's major steamship companies call on the port and with more than 15 trains a week from Rupert, it accounts for about 20 percent of CN's intermodal business.”