The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has announced plans to create up to 7 million TEU of additional capacity through the development of multiple new terminals.
According to a statement, an agreement has been made to explore the possibility of further expanding Fairview Terminal and building a second container terminal at Prince Rupert’s South Kaien Island site.
The South Kaien facility, which would have a capacity of 2.5 million TEU, represents the next phase of the port’s expansion plans, following a deal with DP World in 2018 to increase the capacity of Fairview Terminal from 1.35 million TEU to 1.8 million by 2022.
Formulated with the support of infrastructure planning experts AECOM, PRPA’s “masterplan” considers the capital costs of building new terminals, the impact of this project on operational efficiency, and the optimization of construction sequencing to limit disruption.
Other factors addressed by the plans include the mitigation of “human receptor impacts”, such as the effect of construction on air quality and possible noise pollution.
Both sites are in close proximity to export logistics operations on Ridley Island and are expected to integrate with this facility once construction of PRPA’s Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is completed in 2020.
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Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, commented: “Conducting this work ensures we have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and contributes to a vision for the future of our container business to respond to the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert.
“The terminal development potential identified in the study ensures that we can accommodate the short, medium- and long-term supply chain needs of Canadian exporters while continuing to provide the unparalleled reach, reliability and speed shippers have come to expect at the Port of Prince Rupert.”
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Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World (Canada) Inc, added: “DP World continues to invest in terminal capacity, including advancing our current expansion project at Fairview Terminal.
“We fully support the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s development vision which enables Canadian trade and improves the balance between imports and exports through the northern corridor.”