Prince Rupert Port Authority Invests in New Accessible Playground


EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2021

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Lax Kxeen Elementary School’s playground is now safer and more inclusive with newly installed accessible equipment, thanks to the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund. The new space provides a place for children of all ages and abilities to explore and play, while also offering unique opportunities for occupational therapy in a fun, informal environment.

The playground was built through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund, Lax Kxeen Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, School District 52, and other local supporters, with the goal of creating an accessible outdoor asset for the benefit of the school, as well as families in the community. The school’s existing playground equipment was not suited to people of all physical abilities and the Committee took the initiative to create a more inclusive space.

“Having a safe and accessible outdoor space is imperative to making all members of our school community feel welcome and included. Thanks to the support of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund, we are able to give children of all physical abilities a place to play,” said Natalie McLean, Lax Kxeen Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee Vice Chair.

“We recognize that learning through play is an essential part of childhood development and by building safe spaces like the Lax Kxeen Elementary School accessible playground, we are creating chances for kids to strengthen their bodies and minds alongside their peers,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The playground was designed with guidance from School District 52’s Occupational Therapist James Wintle, who selected equipment that could be used by people with a range of physical abilities. The play space includes a carousel with features that allow people with different mobility issues – whether they require a wheelchair, walker, or cane – to enjoy the equipment in the same way as those who do not require support. Likewise, the recycled rubber material used on the surface of the playground can be navigated on foot or on wheels, meaning strollers can easily roll anywhere.

“During the pandemic, we’ve seen children experience more sedentary time because many activities have been cancelled. This playground is getting kids back outside, excited to move their bodies and providing them with opportunities to target different muscles and develop their motor planning skills,” said Wintle.

PRPA committed $70,000 from its Community Investment Fund to support this nearly $250,000 project. School District 52 will manage and maintain the playground. PRPA has invested $430,000 in six playgrounds in the Prince Rupert and Port Edward areas through its Community Investment Fund.

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, more than $12.5 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make 83 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment, and other needs in the community.

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Prince Rupert Port Authority
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mcote@rupertport.com

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today it has set another record for annual cargo volumes. Despite unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, 32.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert in 2020, nine percent more than in 2019.

“In a year marred by uncertainty, the Port of Prince Rupert has facilitated increased trade in support of Canada’s economic health through the pandemic enabling over $50 billion in international trade. Thanks to the diversification of our cargoes, and the commitment and determination to maintain a safe working environment through the pandemic by our Port partners and the men and women working in the gateway industry in northern British Columbia, the Port of Prince Rupert’s operations have remained resilient,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Weathering the storms triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, our Port has handily proven its resiliency, efficiency, and reliability as a key strategic trade gateway for Canada.”

Essential port operations provided important economic stability for the region in 2020. Port operations provided the foundation for $1.5 billion of economic activity, over 6,200 direct and indirect jobs related to moving trade through the northern BC corridor, and contributed nearly $12 million to local municipal government tax revenue.

The Port’s highest total volume to date was led by a rise in exports of coal, propane, and wood pellets. Ridley Terminal saw a year-over-year increase of 26 percent, driven by demand for thermal coal. AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal marked its first full year of operation in May 2020 and ended the year with 1,159,207 tonnes loaded onto 27 vessels bound for Asia. Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Westview Terminal had a record year, exporting 1,474,301 tonnes of wood pellets, an increase of 33 percent over 2019. Factory shutdowns in Asia and locked down economies in North America caused a 19 percent drop in container traffic in the second quarter. However, volumes rebounded and DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal finished a mere six percent down with 1,141,390 TEUs moving through the Port for the year, attributed mostly to a decline in the volume of empty containers being shipped through Prince Rupert back to Asia.

While cargo volumes grew in 2020, passenger volumes dropped off significantly, with the cancellation of the summer cruise season and BC Ferries experiencing a steep decline in ridership. The Prince Rupert Port Authority continues to work closely with the cruise industry and local stakeholders to determine the best way to welcome back passengers when Transport Canada allows international travel and removes the no sail order, which restricts cruise vessels from calling on Canadian ports.

The obstacles presented by the pandemic have not hindered progress on several key projects aimed at sustainably growing and diversifying the Port complex. Construction crews are nearing completion of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, a 5-kilometre private haul road that will reroute container trucks away from city streets and signficantly reduce truck emissions; DP World gained regulatory approval for the southern expansion of Fairview Container Terminal that will support a future capacity of 1.8 million TEUs; Vopak Pacific Canada is expected to make a final investment decision on a new liquid bulk storage facility and marine berth on Ridley Island later this year; and the environmental assessment process began for the proposed Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform, a project that will support large-scale export transloading, maximizing value to Canadian exporters.

“We continue to advance the development of critical infrastructure and expansion projects that support the resilience of the gateway operations, and the growth and diversification of cargo handling capabilities and capacities at the Port Prince Rupert,” said Stevenson. “By expanding  trade enabling infrastructure, we will not only support our local economy, but will be poised to offer Canadian industries a competitive edge as the global economy rebounds from the effects of the pandemic.”

To see the full cargo summary, click here.

Port investment to create jobs, spark economic recovery

People who live and work in northern B.C. will benefit from a provincial investment of $25 million that will improve and expand operations at the Port of Prince Rupert.

This will support B.C. and Canadian exporters’ competitiveness and opportunities in international trade.

“Our investment in the Port of Prince Rupert will help create new good-paying jobs in our region, while improving western trade corridors and helping Canadian importers and exporters get goods to market,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast, on behalf of Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “It will support regional businesses and provide the necessary infrastructure to boost our provincial economy to help build back stronger from the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an important investment in the future of Prince Rupert and of B.C. as a whole.”

The project, led by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, will improve and expand infrastructure at the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform. The project, spanning more than 28 hectares (70 acres), will create a platform to enhance the port’s capacity for transloading B.C. and western Canadian natural resource products for containerized export by sea to international markets. Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another.

Once built, this new platform will increase the port’s export transloading capacity from 75,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to over 400,000 TEUs annually. The completed project will come with new and updated rail tracks and dedicated roadways to and from the Fairview Container Terminal. It will also feature new offloading and storage facilities plus related large-scale equipment.

“Metlakatla First Nation participates in many aspects of the growth of the container business at the Port of Prince Rupert through our agreements, port infrastructure construction projects and entrepreneurial ventures like Gat Leedm trucking, the largest container trucking operation in Prince Rupert,” said Harold Leighton, Chief Councillor, Metlakatla First Nation. “The development of the export logistics platform is another opportunity to continue our shared success through both business and employment opportunities.”

The project is expected to provide substantive economic benefits, including supporting regional businesses and creating 200 jobs in transloading, plus an additional 2,000 jobs in areas such as warehousing, longshore work and trucking.

“We thank the B.C. government for investing in the development of the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform, and its recognition of the value it will create for B.C. export industries and the communities that economically rely on them,” said Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “This pivotal project presents an unprecedented opportunity for sustainable economic recovery, improved competitiveness, and greater diversification and stability throughout northern B.C.”

The project is funded through a mix of public and private investment, including a $49.8-million federal contribution through the National Trade Corridors Fund and a $25-million provincial contribution as part of StrongerBC, B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Learn More:

For more information on the project, visit: https://www.rupertport.com/logistics-platform/
For a video: https://vimeo.com/406062740

StrongerBC, B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/programs/funding-programs/national-trade-corridors-fund

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is now over 75 percent complete.  

The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is a five kilometre road stretching along the southwestern edge of Kaien Island. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, crews from the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance, a local First Nations joint venture, have safely worked 24-hours a day on rotating shifts to build this critical piece of infrastructure. In addition to nearly completing dredging work, teams have placed rock along the full length of the road, with one third now at sub-grade elevation and ready for the paving structure. The project remains on track for completion in Q2 2021.

The $115 million Connector Corridor project will be fully activated when DP World’s Fairview Terminal expansion is completed in 2022. This will enable container truck traffic to be rerouted away from public roads to the new Port Authority-owned route, which will reduce the journey from 20 kilometres to 5 kilometres.  

“The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is designed to get trucks off downtown streets, improve safety as we grow, and reduce the environmental impacts of trucking activities in Prince Rupert,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We anticipate the changes will cut emissions for each truck trip by about 75 percent.” 

The Connector Corridor is integral to the sustainable growth of Prince Rupert’s intermodal ecosystem, and will create new supply chain efficiencies through the development of logistics services, like the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform and South Kaien Import Logistics Park.  These projects will generate new jobs and economic advantages for local communities and First Nations, as well as reduce the impact of port operations on the environment. 

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert. 

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: 
Monika Cote 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Prince Rupert Port Authority 
250-627-2550 
mcote@rupertport.com   

Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor – Kurt Slocombe Interview from Prince Rupert Port Authority

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 24, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Green Marine has determined that the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is once again one of the highest environmental performers in North America, significantly exceeding jurisdictional regulations and further establishing its reputation as a global leader in environmental stewardship.

Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry that encourages participants to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions. The program is a rigorous, transparent, and inclusive initiative that addresses key environmental issues through targeted performance indicators. All results are verified and published every two years by accredited external auditors to achieve Green Marine certification.

PRPA’s performance report achieved the highest level in environmental criteria related to community impacts, spill prevention, aquatic invasive species, waste management, and environmental leadership. It also featured above average results related to greenhouse gases and underwater noise. PRPA’s average score was 4.5/5 in these categories, compared to the North American port average of 2.83/5.

The report made particular mention of PRPA programs such as Green Wave (which provides financial incentives to marine carriers to reduce air emissions and underwater noise), annual GHG and air emission inventories and forecasts, the Community Investment Fund (that dedicates a portion of PRPA’s net income to legacy community projects, including salmon enhancement), and its proactive collaboration with all port users to understand the environmental conditions of the air, water and land that surrounds Prince Rupert Harbour.

Notwithstanding its success to date, PRPA is committed to continually improving its performance in all areas of environmental stewardship. Recent activity to reintroduce shore power availability to container vessels and investigate new technology and feasibility of low emission trucks and equipment promise to further lower the port’s carbon footprint. Similarly, PRPA’s ongoing partnerships, initiatives, and research related to marine mammals and underwater noise will lead to improved management of the interaction between port activities and acoustic species. 

This year marks ten years of PRPA’s participation in Green Marine, a voluntary program aimed at advancing environmental excellence in the marine industry. The Port of Prince Rupert was the first West Coast port to join the Green Marine program, and has used the program as a benchmark to continually improve and measure its environmental performance.

“The Port of Prince Rupert was the catalyst that motivated the program’s expansion outside of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region,” recalls David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine. “It led to many participants joining from all coasts – Pacific North West, Gulf Coast, Atlantic – and this more diversified membership strengthened and added value to the program.” Bolduc added that PRPA has also played a very active role in supporting and expanding Green Marine’s objectives to reduce the environmental footprint of the marine industry, which has expanded to include 146 port members, terminals, and ship owners across the continent.

In addition to PRPA, local Port of Prince Rupert members also include DP World Prince Rupert, Ridley Terminals Inc., AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, Tidal Coast Terminal, Quickload Logistics, BC Ferries and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Along with the strong performance in the program, PRPA has provided industry leadership with roles on the Board of Directors, a founding and active member of the West Coast advisory committee and leading the development of the underwater noise performance indicator.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority takes immense pride in demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship by going above and beyond our regulatory obligations to ensure our operations and practices are sustainable in the decades to come,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We are grateful for the guidance and inspiration Green Marine has provided to our Port over the past ten years as we work together to mitigate the impacts of shipping on our environment.”

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

GREEN MARINE 2019 PERFORMANCE RESULTS

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Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com  

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 21, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that it has finalized the update to its Land Use Plan.

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a strategic document that helps guide PRPA’s vision to continue its sustainable growth within the lands and waters under its formal jurisdiction, and facilitate Canada’s trade with the world through the next 20 years.

The new Land Use Plan continues a commitment to emulate local Official Community Plans, and contains many new adaptations, features and commitments in response to feedback from local First Nations, government and residents. Several new land use designations were created to recognize a local desire to improve waterfront recreation, viewscape buffers, and habitat enhancement. PRPA also acted on its prior commitment to formalize an industrial moratorium in the Flora Bank marine area. 

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a regulatory requirement under the Canada Marine Act, and was last updated in 2011. The update captures a dynamic decade of new investments, new terminals and new infrastructure that have developed at the Port of Prince Rupert, and reflects PRPA’s current vision of the growth potential for Canadian trade, and the progressive and innovative planning that will be required to achieve them. 

“The updated Land Use Plan will help guide the Prince Rupert Port Authority, ensuring we consider the long-term impact of our decisions to best support continued growth and diversification at our Port. The Plan reflects the feedback we have received from local First Nations, local governments, and residents, balancing environmental and community values while we work towards creating even greater economic and employment opportunities,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the process, which ultimately helped us make a strong Plan that will help us navigate our common future.”

The next 20 years will bring exciting opportunities and challenges to PRPA and the Port of Prince Rupert. Mutually beneficial partnerships with local First Nations, municipalities, and the communities they represent will ensure the port continues to grow as an engine for jobs and business opportunity, while continuing to reflect environmental and social values through safe, sustainable, and responsible land development.

The Land Use Plan contains provisions for revisions and updates, and will be formally reviewed again in 2025.

The Plan can be accessed at: https://www.rupertport.com/land-use-plan/

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY:

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com  

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 13, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is partnering with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust by investing $50,000 from its Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program into research that will play an important role in the future recovery of wild salmon stocks in British Columbia. 

The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will examine data going back as far as 1913, to establish a baseline for sockeye populations in the region. Using DNA testing, researchers are reconstructing historical abundances and diversity of individual populations by analyzing thousands of scale samples collected from commercial fisheries at the mouth of the Skeena in the 1930s and 1940s, when official counts of spawning salmon first began. They will then examine whether climate change over the last century has differentially impacted freshwater nursery lakes for sockeye in the Skeena Watershed. 

Beyond creating historic baselines for sockeye populations, findings from this project will give researchers the ability to more accurately determine lake productivity, data that can be used for future assessment of various changes to fish population and health. The information gathered will also help identify which lakes are most vulnerable to climate change and should take priority in sockeye conservation planning.  

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority recognizes that a healthy salmon population is vital to the entire Northwest region,” said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We take our commitment to our communities and the environment seriously, and we are pleased to partner with organizations like SkeenaWild and the Pacific Salmon Foundation who share our sustainability values, and will pursue informed approaches and innovative solutions related to the health of Skeena River salmon”.  

“The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will provide the type of scientific insight we need to better protect and enhance wild salmon ecosystems in our region. Collaborating with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to enable this research aids our common goals of informing management decisions for the Skeena River estuary and rebuilding wild salmon populations,” said Greg Knox, Executive Director, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust. 

“The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will be a significant contributor to scientific databases and recovery of sockeye in British Columbia. The findings will help us better understand genetic baselines for salmon, as well as aid in distinguishing smaller spawning populations and how they have been impacted over time,” said Dianne Ramage, Director of Salmon Recovery Programs, Pacific Salmon Foundation. 

With a total project cost of $160,000, the Skeena Sockeye Century Project is receiving additional support from Skeena upriver nations and organizations, the Government of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, MakeWay, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Simon Fraser University. 

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ABOUT THE SKEENA RIVER SALMON ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM: 

The Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program was established by the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2019 with a $1 million endowment from its Community Investment Fund. The goal of the program is to team up with regional partners such as First Nations, non-governmental organizations, and community groups on projects that enhance the salmon population and protect their habitat in the Skeena River and its watershed. The program also provides the opportunity to partner with other agencies and organizations leading similar initiatives to leverage additional financial resources toward this important priority. In addition to monetary support, PRPA is also seeking ways to share capacity and data from its existing environmental stewardship programs to enhance new and existing salmon-related initiatives.  

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: 
Monika Cote 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Prince Rupert Port Authority 
250-627-2550 
mcote@rupertport.com   

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 27, 2020
PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Racquet Centre has a bright new look thanks to an investment from the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA).

Through PRPA’s Community Investment Fund, the Prince Rupert Racquets Association, which operates the facility, received $21,749 for interior renovations. The upgrades include the installation of new safety-glass walls and doors at the rear of both squash courts. These new floor-to-ceiling windows replace the original solid walls, creating an unobstructed view of the action on the courts from the lower level. The total cost of the project was $43,498.

Established in 1980, the Prince Rupert Racquets Association helps people of all ages and abilities get involved in racquet sports. In addition to maintaining the Racquet Centre, the group offers lessons and other programs, as well as hosts an annual tournament which draws competitors from around the province. Prince Rupert Racquet Centre is the sole indoor squash facility in the city and the only one in the region with international-sized courts available year-round.

“The new glass transforms the space, giving it an open feeling that creates a whole new appeal,” said Richard Haley, Prince Rupert Racquets Association Director. “We regularly rent our facility for special events and now with these enhancements we can expose every visitor who sets foot in the Racquet Centre to the game of squash, hopefully encouraging more people to try it.”

“Our city’s indoor recreation facilities are vitally important and we are pleased to be able to help the Prince Rupert Racquets Association improve the look and overall function of their space to make it more appealing to new and existing users alike,” said Shaun Stevenson, Prince Rupert Port Authority President. “We also commend the volunteers here on their efforts to promote and support another opportunity for participation in our community—we hope that everybody takes the opportunity to check it out and try it out.”

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:
The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, more than $12.5 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make 80 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 13, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced its investment of $142,000 towards extensive upgrades to the Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course.

With two separate contributions from PRPA’s Community Investment Fund, the Prince Rupert Golf Club, which maintains and operates the 18-hole public course, has completed a pair of multi-faceted projects totaling $255,000. These improvements ensure the facilities and equipment are safer and more resilient to the elements, so they can be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

Over the past three years, numerous upgrades have been made to the course’s aging infrastructure, most of which was built more than five decades ago. New drainage has been installed in several areas and two greens that had settled over time have been reconstructed. Bridges on three holes have been replaced, along with a wooden staircase and golf cart pathway restoration – all of them well-weathered from many years of use and exposure. 

The Club has also added features to enhance the safety and longevity of the property around the links, and a new storage shed has been added to protect important maintenance equipment from the rain and extend its lifespan.

“The enhancements to the Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course would not have been possible without the financial support from Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund,” said Iain Cullen, President of the Prince Rupert Golf Club. “Their contributions allow us to focus on enhancing our programming, while ensuring our course can be well-used for another 50 years and beyond.”

“The Prince Rupert Golf Club provides a tremendous recreational service to the citizens of Prince Rupert. There aren’t many places in Canada where you can golf nearly year-round and having this beautiful course in our backyard is a great attraction for people considering a move to our city,” said Shaun Stevenson, Prince Rupert Port Authority President. “Revitalizing the golf course helps the Prince Rupert Golf Club continue its tradition and introduce new generations of golfers to the game.”

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, more than $12.5 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make 79 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE JULY 22, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is pleased to announce that five companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program in 2019.

They include past recipients COSCO, Maersk, and BC Ferries, as well as two new recipients – Ocean Network Express and Pacific Basin.

PRPA’s Green Wave program rewards shippers by offering discounted harbour fees to vessel owners who voluntarily invest in sustainable practices. Commercial vessels are scored on air emission control and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a three-tier system. Last year there were 25 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the top tier and earn the greatest savings.

PRPA is committed to mitigating environmental impacts of the Port of Prince Rupert effectively, and its annual Green Wave Awards acknowledge commercial vessel owners who actively employ measures on ships that make the Prince Rupert port industry more environmentally friendly. One of the mechanisms for inclusion in the incentive program is RightShip’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Rating. The method, developed by the world’s leader in maritime environmental assessment, rates vessels on their relative efficiency. In 2019, 20 percent of vessels that called on the Port of Prince Rupert qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, 5,020 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 1,085 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

Recognizing environmental stewardship and reducing the impacts of a growing port are key to the Port of Prince Rupert’s future sustainability. By offering these financial incentives, PRPA directly encourages vessel owners to further embrace safer environmental practices and promote efficiency and sustainability around the world. 

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority congratulates the five recipients of the 2019 Green Wave Awards for their ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact their vessels have on the water, air and wildlife in and around our port,” said Ken Veldman, Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We also wish to acknowledge and support all vessel owners who participate in our Green Wave program on every level. Their commitment to a greener future is key to ensuring the success of our gateway.”

PRPA’s Green Wave program has been active since 2012, and has continually adapted its criteria to address port sustainability goals and raise the bar for vessel eligibility. For more information on PRPA’s Green Wave vessel incentive program and our other environmental initiatives, please visit https://www.rupertport.com/green-wave-program-for-shippers/.

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY:

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $310 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250.627.2550
mcote@rupertport.com