DP World's box terminal at Canada's Prince Rupert hits 1 million TEU
DP World's Fairview Container Terminal in the Canadian port of Prince Rupert handled a landmark million containers in 2018
DP World's Fairview Container Terminal in the Canadian port of Prince Rupert handled a landmark million containers in 2018. The 40-foot box was loaded onto the Cosco Africa and contained lumber from Canfor's Plateau mill that had been transferred at Canadian National's Prince George transload facility before arriving at the port by rail.
DP World (Canada) general manager Maksim Mihic said: 'We are pleased to share this historic milestone together with our partners, First Nations, ILWU, City of Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Port Authority and CN Rail. DP World Prince Rupert is a vital link in enabling Canadian trade and this achievement reflects the potential of the port and is a sign of many more to come.'
During its first full year in operation in 2008, Fairview Terminal moved a modest 182,523 TEU. Since then a combination of strong local longshore labour, efficient terminal management and reliable rail service have contributed to a decade of exponential growth, according to The Bulletin, a newsletter published by the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).
DP World's Fairview Terminal has four weekly services from all three major container shipping alliances. The terminal utilises on-dock rail infrastructure to move goods from Asia into major North American markets and brings in-demand Canadian products to Asian markets.
The Prince Rupert gateway has created new opportunity for Canadian businesses to ship their goods to Asian markets; in 2018 laden exports rose by 25 per cent year on year.
The original design capacity for Fairview Terminal was 500,000 TEU, and with the completion of the phase II north expansion completed exactly a decade after it opened, its current capacity is 1.35 million TEU.