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Prince Rupert's future box terminal can handle over 6 million TEU

THE Prince Rupert Port Authority's (PRPA) container terminal master plan, which has been completed, outlines the potential of future box terminal capacity and the order of development at the Port of Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert's future box terminal can handle over 6 million TEU

THE Prince Rupert Port Authority's (PRPA) container terminal master plan, which has been completed, outlines the potential of future box terminal capacity and the order of development at the Port of Prince Rupert

22 May 2019 - 19:00

THE Prince Rupert Port Authority's (PRPA) container terminal master plan, which has been completed, outlines the potential of future box terminal capacity and the order of development at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The PRPA's planning work identifies the long-term potential to develop 6-7 million TEU of capacity through the development of multiple terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert.



The plan's research was completed with the assistance of AECOM, a global leader in infrastructure planning and development. It took into consideration capital costs, operating efficiencies, optimisation of construction sequencing to minimise disruptions to ongoing operations, and mitigation of human receptor impacts (air quality, noise and lighting) as criteria to determine the feasibility and sequencing of container terminal potential at the Port of Prince Rupert.



Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO Shaun Stevenson said: '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.'



The master planning concluded the potential for further expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert's South Kaien Island site.



The second terminal features a capacity of 2.5 million TEU and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion for the container business at the Port of Prince Rupert following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced with DP World in 2018, increasing its current capacity from 1.35 million TEU to 1.8 million TEU by 2022.



'Both the current Fairview Terminal and South Kaien sites are in close proximity to expanding export logistics operations on Ridley Island, and will fully integrate with these operations following the authority's construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor scheduled for the end of 2020,' PRPA said in a statement.



Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World (Canada) Inc, said: '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.'



'The Port of Prince Rupert continues to be an important part of CN's supply chains to and from international markets,' said JJ Ruest, president and CEO at CN. 'This strategic port provides a rail connection to key markets and its continued expansion will further solidify the port's place as a world class gateway.'



The Port of Prince Rupert is among the fastest growing ports in North America and handled a record 1 million TEU and 27 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. It is expected that the Port of Prince Rupert will become Canada's second largest port in the next five years.


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