PRPA Announces Completion of Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor Project


EFFECTIVE AUGUST 24, 2022

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor formally opened today with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Testing on the route got underway in mid-August, with container truck traffic beginning to travel to the newly opened southern gate at DP World-Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal, and the Corridor is set to be fully operational on August 29, 2022. The private haul road and two additional rail sidings now in place enable greater efficiency and competitive advantages at the Port of Prince Rupert, while improving public safety and supporting PRPA’s carbon reduction strategy.

The Connector Corridor was developed by PRPA as a critical component of the Prince Rupert Gateway’s intermodal ecosystem, a closed loop system of road and rail infrastructure that connects transloading and marine terminal operations within the Port’s existing footprint. The road and rail corridor directly links Fairview Terminal, both current and future capacity, with future import and export logistics sites on South Kaien Island and Ridley Island, that will offer new opportunities for Canadian businesses to reach global markets through containerized trade.

Stretching around the southwestern edge of Kaien Island, the Connector Corridor shortens the distance trucks must travel from existing transloading sites in Prince Rupert and future facilities to Fairview Container Terminal. By steering drivers away from urban areas and onto PRPA-owned roads, the Connector Corridor will help cut commercial vehicles emissions by up to 75 percent and reduce truck traffic congestion in the city of Prince Rupert.

“The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is a key example of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s proactive approach to land use planning and is designed to maximize efficiency within the Port complex, simultaneously upholding our commitment to reduce the impacts of Gateway operations on the environment and surrounding community,” said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “With the addition of this infrastructure, we can enable greater efficiencies and competitiveness at the Prince Rupert Gateway and generate new economic opportunities on local, regional, and national levels.”

In addition to supporting trade and environmental targets, the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor has provided significant benefit to local and Indigenous workers, subcontractors, and other stakeholders, as well as enabled local and Indigenous skills training and employment in the surrounding community and Pacific Northwest region. The construction was undertaken by the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance (CTNCA), a local First Nations joint venture led by Prince Rupert Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation. Contracts awarded to CTNCA for the project, as well as the related habitat compensation work in Seal Cove, totaled more than $135 million, the most significant in PRPA’s history. Most of the construction was completed during the pandemic and at the project’s peak 118 people, working three rotating shifts, preserved to complete the extensive in-fill work.

“CTNCA was honoured to be the contractor of choice on the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor and had the pleasure of working collaboratively with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to construct the nearly five-kilometre road and we are encouraged by the relationship we have created together,” said Metlakatla First Nation Chief Harold Leighton. “When PRPA uses Coast Tsimshian owned businesses, like CTNCA, they are helping to provide true economic, employment, and training opportunities to local and Indigenous workers which directly and positively impacts the First Nation communities and their members. We are hopeful the positive relationship that was built between PRPA and CTNCA through this project will continue long-term and in a significant way on other Port of Prince Rupert projects.”

“The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is an example of a creative solution that has a positive social, environmental, and economic impact, particularly at a time when trucking and logistics industries face challenges across North America. It also uniquely positions the Port of Prince Rupert to serve supply chains in the future, by developing an intermodal ecosystem where the entire container terminal and supporting infrastructure – including road, rail sidings, and future transload facilities – are all located on Port lands,” said Maksim Mihic, CEO and General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc.  

“The opening of the new Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is great news for our economy and for the strength of our supply chains. The new Corridor will not only promote greater access to the Prince Rupert Gateway, but will also create good jobs for Canadians and enable further economic growth for the region,” said the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.

Images and video from the opening can be found at rupertport.com/news


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PROJECT TIMELINE:

  • Initially feasibility study was launched in 2011
  • CTNCA began early works to clear quarry sites in March 2018
  • Project received an investment of $15 million from the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative in late 2018
  • Early construction work began in May 2019
  • Project reached 20% completion in April 2020 with dredging and infill work continuing
  • Project reached 75% milestone in November 2020 with rock placed on full length of road
  • Rail sidings added in April 2022
  • Road paving completed in July 2022
  • Truck gate activation in August 2022

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 $60 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,700 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $360 million in annual wages, and $147 million in annual government revenue. In 2020, a record 32.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

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Prince Rupert Port Authority  
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L-R: Shaun Stevenson, PRPA President & CEO; Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development; Chief Harold Leighton, Metlakatla First Nation; Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell), Ricardo Alvarez, DP World Prince Rupert General Manager

PRPA Announces Change in Leadership Team

July 21, 2022

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that after 30 years of service, Joe Rektor, Vice President of Finance & Corporate Services, is retiring from PRPA and Agnes Piotrowski is joining the organization as Vice President, Finance to take his place.

Joe Rektor joined PRPA in 1992 and has held various roles of progressive responsibility since that time. Joe is a chartered accountant by trade; in his most recent role as Vice President, he led the accounting, financial control and reporting, business analysis, risk management, human resources and information technology activities of the organization. Joe also made significant contributions to the port and maritime industry across Canada on behalf of PRPA including his participation on the finance committee for the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.

Agnes Piotrowski is a senior executive with experience in strategic and operational roles and she holds her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Her professional career started in audit and finance at KPMG LLP. Agnes then moved to specializing in major capital projects at the Capital Regional District, before acting as Executive Director, Financial Operations & Reporting at Island Health, most recently. Throughout her career, Agnes has built a reputation for strong financial acumen and insight to effective compliance and the standardization of processes. Agnes’ work with strategic business partners is characterized as innovative and has helped to transform finance functions within business, drive change, and support decision-making through data-driven insights.  

“We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to Joe for his many years of dedicated contribution to our organization, the Port of Prince Rupert’s growth and development, and the community of Prince Rupert throughout his tenure with us – we wish him all the best,” said Shaun Stevenson, CEO & President, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Agnes joins PRPA at an exciting time in the growth of our organization and in the development of the capacities and role that the Port of Prince Rupert plays on the global stage in ensuring resilient supply chains for Canadians, both exporters and consumers. We are delighted to have Agnes join our executive team and we have every confidence that Agnes’ demonstrated leadership in her field will help us achieve our growth ambitions.”

PRPA Helps Build Accessible Playground at Ecole Roosevelt Park Community School

July 19, 2022

Children attending Ecole Roosevelt Park Community School and living in the surrounding neighbourhood have a brand-new playground to explore, with equipment designed to enable greater inclusivity and collaboration. The project was led by the Roosevelt Park Community School Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) in partnership with the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund. This marks the second time the two organizations have worked together to create a new community asset for the benefit of youth and families in Prince Rupert.

The new playground features several pieces of equipment that enable group play and offer children a range of different developmental opportunities, including: a We-Saw wheelchair-accessible see-saw that emphasizes motor planning; Curva and Saddle Spinners which support balance, equilibrium, and muscle tone; a Super Netplex which helps children focus on strategic planning and problem solving as they navigate up, down, and through the structure; and Oodle Swing which is designed to allow multiple children to play together at once. Another significant addition is the rubberized play surface, which allows people using strollers or mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs to safely move around and access the equipment.

“The new accessible playground encourages students of all ages and abilities to engage with one another and find new ways to play together, which will further enhance the positive and inclusive culture of our school,” said Karianne Pohl, Roosevelt Park Community School Parent Advisory Committee Treasurer. “The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund provided the support necessary to make this dream a reality and the entire school community is excited to see it come to fruition.”

“We are steadfastly committed to developing new play places for youth across the North Coast where they can safely explore, grow, and have fun,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We commend the volunteers who have worked to build this new playground and look forward to seeing generations of children in the community create lasting memories playing here with their friends and family.”

PRPA committed $220,000 to this playground project. Since 2010, the Community Investment Fund has contributed more than $1.1 million to help develop new playgrounds and other outdoor youth recreation projects in several North Coast communities:

  • Lax Kxeen Elementary School Accessible Playground – completed 2021
  • Terrace Cycling Pump Track – completed 2020
  • Conrad Elementary School Accessible Playground – completed 2019
  • Port Edward Anne Neufeld Tot Park – completed 2019
  • Doug Kerr Field Restoration – completed 2018
  • Pineridge Elementary School Accessible Playground – completed 2018
  • Mariners Park Tot Playground – completed 2017
  • Roosevelt Park Community School Playground – completed 2014
  • Metlakatla Sports & Recreation Field – completed 2014
  • Charles Hays Secondary School Turf Replacement – completed 2013
  • Port Edward Playground, Ball Field, and Park – completed 2012

EFFECTIVE JUNE 8, 2022

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association’s (PRGA) new training centre is now the best equipped gymnastics facility in northwest BC, providing enhanced opportunities for recreational and competitive athletes alike. Partnering once again with the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund, PRGA has filled its new 12,000 square foot space with a variety of gymnastics equipment that enables the organization to expand its programming, increase enrollment, and host competitions, special events, and camps.

Founded as a non-profit in 2014, PRGA has quickly grown to be a key part of Prince Rupert’s sports and recreational community. Offering programming to people of all ages, from toddler classes to adult drop-in sessions, the organization outgrew its former training space at the Chatham Building Complex, and in December 2021, moved into a new facility, located inside a renovated warehouse in Rushbrook Harbour.

With support from PRPA and other industry partners, the club has been able to overhaul the leased space and fill it with top-of-the-line equipment. The most significant addition to the PRGA training facility is a new spring floor. This apparatus was previously unavailable to local gymnasts due to a lack of space at PRGA’s previous facility. Members of Prince Rupert’s Gale Force competitive team had no choice but to travel to Terrace to use another club’s floor to train. Now with adequate room to accommodate the full-size spring floor, athletes of all levels can learn new skills and regularly practice their routines. Other additions include a new tumble track, air pit, spotting blocks, bars and rings, and mats and pads. PRPA’s total contribution for this new suite of equipment was $135,736.

“Here on the North Coast, there is constant demand for youth programming, especially options for indoor recreation that focus on building strength, flexibility, and coordination. Through this Community Investment Fund commitment to the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association, many more local children and teens will have the opportunity to participate in the sport and access a wide variety of equipment to develop their skills and abilities,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“The support we’ve received from the Prince Rupert Port Authority has propelled the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association’s growth, by providing the equipment required to expand our offerings at all levels, including further developing our boys’ and competitive programs,” said Jackie Touchet, President of PRGA. “The Community Investment Fund contributions have also enabled our club to host events and competitions, drawing athletes, coaches, and supporters from across the province to our training centre, which strengthens and elevates PRGA’s presence in the broader gymnastics community and helps us attract new talent.”

PRPA’s Community Investment Fund has previously contributed $60,000 to PRGA to acquire new gymnastics equipment. PRPA has partnered with numerous other local organizations to support indoor and outdoor youth recreation around northwest BC, including projects with the Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association, the Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club, the Prince Rupert Curling Club, the Prince Rupert Scout Group, the City of Prince Rupert, Metlakatla Governing Council, My Mountain Co-op/Shames Mountain and the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association.

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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 $14.3 million has been committed to the Fund, helping to bring more than 90 local projects to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting recreation, health and wellness, arts and culture, youth, education, the environment, and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:

Katherine Voigt
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250 627 2594
kvoigt@rupertport.com

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PRINCE RUPERT’S CRUISE SEASON GETS MAJOR BOOST WITH ADDITION OF REGULAR CALLS FROM RUBY PRINCESS

May 6, 2022

The Port of Prince Rupert is adding 16 new vessel calls to its upcoming cruise schedule that has the potential to bring upwards of 46,000 additional cruise passengers – about a 330% increase from the previously published schedule – to the community this spring and summer.

The Ruby Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, will make her inaugural call on Prince Rupert on Tuesday May 17th and will include the Port as a regular stop on the ship’s Alaska itinerary approximately every 10 days. With a capacity of 4,180 passengers and crew, the Ruby Princess will significantly increase cruise visitor and vessel call volumes to Prince Rupert this year. The Port of Prince Rupert now expects 43 cruise vessel calls and approximately 60,622 passengers in total to visit Prince Rupert between now and September 30th.

“The exciting late addition of the Ruby Princess to the Port of Prince Rupert’s cruise schedule will give a significant boost to the local tourism industry in the coming months, and we are working with local operators and other community stakeholders to prepare for this large influx of visitors,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We appreciate the efforts being made by everyone to accommodate this schedule change and to welcome visitors back to the area as we ramp up for the return of cruise tourism in the community.”

Prince Rupert serves as a strategic Canadian port-of-call within cruise vessel itineraries as part of the Alaskan cruise market. Taking the latest 2022 projections into account, Alaska could see as many as 1.57 million passengers this year. With strong prospects for recovery and growth within this market, Prince Rupert has the opportunity to attract significantly more visitors than it has in recent years.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has collaborated with cruise operators, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, the Government of Canada, and a variety of stakeholders to ensure the safe resumption of cruise activity at all Canadian ports. The industry has committed to a comprehensive set of enhanced safety protocols both aboard cruise vessels and throughout the ship-to-shore passenger experience; these measures specifically include vaccination mandates for crews and passengers, enhanced hygiene practices, and passenger screening and testing requirements based on the best available science.

In addition to the Ruby Princess, PRPA has also added another vessel call from Windstar’s Star Breeze on September 7th to its roster. To view the updated cruise schedule, click here. To view a copy of the previous news release related to the 2022 cruise season, click here. Note that the schedule provided is subject to vessel itinerary changes – please check online for updates.

PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF SEAL COVE SALT MARSH RESTORATION PROJECT

April 27, 2022

The newly revitalized Seal Cove area and Salt Marsh project is now officially open to the public. The extensive Salt Marsh habitat restoration project was undertaken by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) through a partnership with the City of Prince Rupert. PRPA directly invested $4 million to overhaul the area by regenerating fish habitat and establishing a new recreational asset for the community on the City’s waterfront property.

Over the past century, industrial and other human activities have caused severe degradation to the Salt Marsh, depleting it of the natural aquatic vegetation that once thrived in the area. With the aim of restoring the ecosystem, the work at Seal Cove centered on regrading intertidal areas and transplanting eelgrass and other underwater plants to create new habitat for fish and other aquatic species. An existing creek, once hidden in a culvert, was exposed and additional shoreline vegetation was added to develop more places for birds and other wildlife to forage, breed, and nest.

The remaining work focused on installing a new lighted pathway and pedestrian bridge, picnic tables and seating areas for the benefit of Prince Rupert residents and visitors to the community. Designed to be used year-round, the 600 metre walkway encircles the Salt Marsh and links directly to Rushbrook Trail, enhancing connectivity and offering a new destination for trail users.

“The measures undertaken to revitalize the Seal Cove Salt Marsh are a clear example of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s commitment to minimize the environmental impacts of port activity and share the benefits of our trade gateway with the community that enables it,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “It is incredible to see the transformation that has taken place in Seal Cove in regard to addressing ecological sustainability, while simultaneously meeting the community’s call for greater waterfront access and recreational opportunities.”

The extensive revitalization work was completed by PRPA to compensate for aquatic habitat impacted by the development of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor. In collaboration with the City of Prince Rupert, the Seal Cove site was selected as it presented an opportunity to meet both PRPA’s environmental compliance obligations and the needs of the community at large. The ongoing maintenance of the pathway and picnic areas will be undertaken by the City.

”We are happy to see this component of the Redesign Rupert 2030 Vision Plan coming to life, especially the dedicated public space. When we unveiled the Plan, this community space and revitalization project in Seal Cove was one of the early deliverables, and we are glad to have been able to see it through for the community thanks to investment from the Port of Prince Rupert,” said Mayor Lee Brain, City of Prince Rupert.

In lieu of an Earth Day, PRPA, the City of Prince Rupert, and the North Coast Ecology Centre Society co-hosted a special grand opening celebration for the community on April 23rd, 2022. More than a dozen local groups took part in the family-friendly event, where tours and activities were offered to community members.

(L-R): Joanne Finlay, Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell, Ken Veldman, and Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven.

PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES GREEN WAVE AWARD RECIPIENTS

April 21, 2022

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that four companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program for their 2021 performance.

They include intermodal shipping companies COSCO Shipping Lines and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, liquefied gas shipping company Navigator Gas LLC, and BC Ferries.

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 controls and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a tiered system. Last year, there were 163 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the Green Wave program, including ten different vessels that qualified for the top tier and earned the greatest savings on each call.

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 port operations more environmentally sound. 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 2021, there were 28 vessel calls that qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, approximately 3,190 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 677 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. While the Port of Prince Rupert is already one of the top performers in the area of environmental performance, PRPA has set a goal to reduce the carbon intensity of the Gateway by a further 30% by the year 2030 as part of a long term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 – the Green Wave program and its recognition system are a key lever to facilitating these amibitions.

Recognizing environmental stewardship and reducing the impacts of a growing port are key to the Port of Prince Rupert’s future sustainability, and reinforce global efforts to curtail carbon emissions from the shipping industry. 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 wishes to congratulate the recipients of the 2021 Green Wave Awards for their ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact their vessels have, not only on the Port of Prince Rupert, but on the viability of the ocean economy as a whole,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We also want to acknowledge all vessel owners who participate in our Green Wave program at every level. Their commitment is critical to ensuring the success of our trade gateway and the global supply chains it supports.”

PRPA’s Green Wave program has been active since 2013 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: www.rupertport.com/green-wave-program-for-shippers/.

PRPA Enables Thrill on the Hill at Shames Mountain

APRIL 11, 2022 

As Shames Mountain wraps up a successful 2021-2022 ski and snowboard season, the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today its contributions to two critical infrastructure projects that have had a major impact on operations. Partnering with My Mountain Co-op through its Community Investment Fund, PRPA committed $240,000 to projects both on-and-off the hill that have expanded capacity, enhanced safety and functionality, and developed new opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to access the winter recreation area.

The biggest change to the visitor experience has been the addition of a new conveyor lift, which replaced the old rope-tow that proved to be challenging for beginners and people with disabilities to use. The new ‘Green Carpet’ is an industry-standard lift designed for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels and is fully enclosed to protect the equipment and riders from the elements. The conveyor belt system has enabled the development of two new tubing lanes adjacent to the beginner slope, that offer guests a chance to experience the thrill of the hill without committing to skiing or riding. The total cost of the project was $695,000 and PRPA’s Community Investment Fund contributed $80,000.

“Previously, we had a high failure rate amongst new skiers and boarders, but the conveyor lift has transformed the experience for young children, helped lower the average skier age and introduced an entirely new demographic to Shames Mountain,” said Christian Theberge, My Mountain Co-op’s General Manager. “We are grateful to the Community Investment Fund for allowing us to lower the barrier for beginners to attract more people to our facility and keep them coming back.”

Additionally, PRPA’s Community Investment Fund committed $160,000 to expand parking at Shames Mountain and make the facilities easier to access. The project included upgrading the access road, expanding the existing parking area, and building a new lot and structures to house snow-clearing and other equipment. The developments have allowed for a greater number of visitors and provided the infrastructure needed to support operations both on-and-off the hill.

“These investments have broadened access to the recreational activities at Shames Mountain and opened up new opportunities, particularly for youth and families,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “As one of northwest British Columbia’s most important winter outdoor recreational assets, we’re delighted to continue to support its growth through our Community Investment Fund, so more people in our region can become involved in skiing and snowboarding.”

The Community Investment Fund has partnered with My Mountain Co-op on multiple projects in the past, including two separate $50,000 contributions towards grooming equipment. Shames Mountain was also the winner of PRPA’s Project of the Decade contest, which was voted on by community members, garnering $10,000 for the parking expansion project.

PRPA Announces Return of Cruise with 2022 Schedule that will Buoy Local Tourism Sector

April 4, 2022 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today the return of cruise vessels to the Port of Prince Rupert this summer with the release of the 2022 cruise vessel schedule. In all, 26 cruise vessels with approximately 14,010 passengers are expected between May and September. After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the restoration of cruise calls to the community of Prince Rupert promises to have a positive impact on the North Coast region’s tourism sector.

PRPA, alongside cruise operators, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, the Government of Canada, and a variety of stakeholders have worked together to ensure the safe resumption of cruise activity at all Canadian ports. The industry has made this possible by committing to a comprehensive set of enhanced safety protocols both aboard cruise vessels and throughout the ship-to-shore passenger experience; these measures specifically include vaccination mandates for crews and passengers, enhanced hygiene practices, and passenger screening and testing requirements based on the best available science. With these measures in effect, the local tourism industry can safely take a leap towards recovery.

“PRPA and our partners are looking forward to safely welcoming back cruise passengers to Prince Rupert after a de-stabilizing couple of years in the tourism industry,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Cruise has historically played a pivotal role in the local economy and it is our hope that the 2022 summer season marks the return of a vibrant local tourism sector, with the opportunity to increase its strength in the future.”

“Tourism Prince Rupert is thrilled to welcome cruise passengers back to the Northland Terminal in Prince Rupert to experience all of the excitement and adventure our community has to offer. As the only port-of-call in Canada [for the ships on the 2022 itinerary], Prince Rupert offers passengers a unique glimpse into the wild Canadian landscape and our friendly small towns,” said Ceilidh Marlow, Executive Director, Tourism Prince Rupert. “We are working closely with PRPA to prepare for the upcoming season and are actively searching for new tour operators or businesses interested in offering an experience for cruise passengers.”

Cruise tourism offers significant economic benefits to Prince Rupert and the surrounding area. Between 2004 to 2019, Prince Rupert welcomed approximately 655,000 passengers with an estimated direct economic impact of over $50 million. At Prince Rupert’s modest 2019 levels of cruise activity, there was an estimated $1.8 million of economic revenue brought to businesses in the community.

Prince Rupert serves as a strategic Canadian port-of-call within cruise vessel itineraries as part of the Alaska cruise market. Taking the latest 2022 projections into account, Alaska could see as many as 1.57 million passengers this year. With strong prospects for recovery and growth within this market, Prince Rupert has the opportunity to attract significantly more visitors than it has in recent years. The first cruise vessel to call on Prince Rupert is expected on May 29th with the arrival of the Windstar Star Breeze. A double-vessel call from Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines planned for September 23rd has the potential for an all-time record-setting day for cruise passengers visiting Prince Rupert.

To view the full, detailed schedule, click here. Note that the schedule is subject to vessel itinerary changes.

PRPA ANNOUNCES EXPORT DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR BURNS LAKE

March 29, 2022

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today its financial support in the amount of $10,000 for the Village of Burns Lake’s Regional Mapping Project through PRPA’s Export Development Fund.

PRPA’s Export Development Fund (EDF) supports the planning, development, and implementation of economic development opportunities along the Prince Rupert Gateway. In an effort to foster the growth and transition of the Burns Lake and area economy, the Regional Mapping Project will identify and catalogue existing producers, their products and associated volumes, along with other relevant factors related to marketing and logistics. The community of Burns Lake will then be in a position to ascertain future opportunities for export business development to accelerate the establishment of a diverse, resilient industrial base there. The project is set to begin immediately and wrap up by September of this year.

“Export-oriented industries have a disproportionately large impact on our local economies, and are essential to achieving economic growth and expansion,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “PRPA believes it’s critically important to support communities within the Port of Prince Rupert Gateway like Burns Lake in exploring ways to successfully leverage their inherent market access to grow our collective Northern BC export trade portfolio.”

“The Port of Prince Rupert has had a significant and positive economic impact on the region. This partnership will identify potential opportunities to grow our local economy and for the community and surrounding area to benefit from our proximity to the Port and the ability to access global markets,” said Mayor Dolores Funk, Village of Burns Lake. “We are very grateful to the Prince Rupert Port Authority for their contribution towards this study and look forward to a strong working relationship in the future.”

This project marks the second investment of PRPA’s Export Development Fund since the fund was launched in 2018; the first was the development of an investment attraction strategy for the Skeena Industrial Development Park with the City of Terrace. To read more about the fund, visit https://www.rupertport.com/250000-export-development-fund-launches.

Potential EDF-qualifying organizations are encouraged to contact the Port Authority’s Public Affairs team at community@rupertport.com for more information about the fund and how to apply.