Port of Prince Rupert starts $750 million export logistics project construction

PRPA commences construction on $750 million export logistics project

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has commenced construction on the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP).

This is a large-scale logistics project that will increase capacity and capability for rail-to-container transloading of numerous export items at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The investment is expected to provide key trade infrastructure that will increase supply chain resilience, strategic market access, and Canadian export competitiveness.

The project will be a 108-acre greenfield development on Ridley Island that will open in Q3 2026.

Ray-Mont Logistics will build and manage facilities with a capacity of 400,000 TEU for agricultural, forestry, and plastic resin goods.

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Ray-Mont currently operates a successful multi-product transload facility on a temporary Ridley Island location that has proven the export transload concept in Prince Rupert.

According to PRPA, the project will also include an expansion of the existing Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor that will facilitate unit trains 10,000 feet in length with direct access to the site from the CN network.

The transload facilities will be connected to Fairview Container Terminal by direct private road access, the 5-kilometre Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, ensuring all product movements will be within PRPA jurisdiction and fully avoid public infrastructure.

The full electrification of transload facilities, optimisation of rail, and the minimal truck drayage cumulatively represent a significant step forward in decarbonising Canada’s export supply chains.

RIELP is intended to empower Canadian exporters with new and creative capabilities in Asia Pacific markets.

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The project’s large scale, unit train capabilities, access to available empty containers, and proximity and integration into container terminal operations make it a one-of-a-kind model that promises to deliver significant new service offerings to exporters, significantly improving the quality, cost, and reliability of container supply chains.

RIELP aims to result in higher quantities of loaded export containers travelling through the Port of Prince Rupert, as well as a more sustainable balance in its multimodal import and export commerce.

PRPA sees improved logistical capacity as a vital precondition for maintaining the stability of present and future container volumes via Prince Rupert, as well as the trade, employment, and economic possibilities they enable.

PRPA, Ray-Mont Logistics, CN, the Government of Canada, and the Government of BC will spend a total of $750 million in RIELP. The National Transportation Corridor Fund of Canada will provide $64.8 million, while the Province’s Stronger BC programme will contribute $25 million to the project.

In March, the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project received the final determination of the Federal environmental effects evaluation review.

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