DP World's Fairview Terminal in Canada hits landmark 1m TEU throughput
CANADA's port of Prince Rupert has celebrated a new milestone, the Fairview container terminal handling its one millionth container (TEU) for the first time in a calendar year
CANADA's port of Prince Rupert has celebrated a new milestone, the Fairview container terminal handling its one millionth container (TEU) for the first time in a calendar year.
The one millionth market was reached when a 40-foot TEU was loaded with dimensional lumber in Prince George before being shipped to Prince Rupert by train and loaded onto the Cosco Africa containership to be sent to market.
'Reaching one million TEU in a calendar year is a significant milestone for the port of Prince Rupert, which demonstrates the success we and our partners have had in building a strategic gateway for transpacific trade, making Prince Rupert one of the fastest growing gateways in North America,' said port of Prince Rupert CEO Shaun Stevenson.
Fairview Terminal has come a long way since its first full year of operation in 2008 when it moved just 182,523 TEU. Since then the terminal's Phase 2 North expansion has raised its handling capacity from 500,000 TEU to 1.35 million TEU annually, reported The Northern View, Prince Rupert, Canada.
The next expansion, Phase 2B, will increase the terminal's capacity to 1.8 million TEU by 2022.
The port's continued expansion has been an economic boon for residents of Prince Rupert and the surrounding region. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 505 (ILWU Local 505) has expanded its workforce 425 per cent since the terminal opened in 2007.
DP World general manager Maksim Mihic said: 'This accomplishment is also a testament to the strong collaboration and support amongst the supply chain and community partners.'
Canadian National Railway president JJ Ruest added: 'CN is proud to celebrate such a historic milestone at the port of Prince Rupert with our partners. At CN we are committed to ensuring the gateway continues to operate with fluidity as it continues to grow. As all of our supply chain partners continue to invest in this important gateway.'