Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has completed a container terminal master plan outlining the addition of 6-7m teu in capacity through the development of multiple terminals.
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.
This second terminal features a capacity of 2.5m teu and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion for the container business at the port following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced with DP World in 2018, increasing its current capacity from 1.35m teu to 1.8m 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 integrate with these operations following PRPA’s construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor scheduled for the end of 2020.
Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO of PRPA, said: “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.”
The plan’s research, which was completed with the assistance of AECOM, considered capital costs, optimisation of construction sequencing to minimise disruptions to ongoing operations, and mitigation of impacts on air quality, noise and lighting to determine the feasibility and sequencing of container terminal potential at the port.
Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. stated the operator supports the port authority’s plans which “improve the balance between imports and exports through the northern corridor”.
The port, which handled 1m teu and 27m tonnes of cargo in 2018, expects to become Canada’s second busiest port within five years.
Stevenson added: “Our planned container terminal capacity expansion ensures Canadian shippers will be able to meet their supply chain needs well into the future and Canada will be well-served in meeting its objectives of growing trade in the Asia Pacific region.”