PRINCE RUPERT’S CRUISE SEASON GETS MAJOR BOOST WITH ADDITION OF REGULAR CALLS FROM RUBY PRINCESS
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.
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 email@example.com for more information about the fund and how to apply.
PRPA HELPS IMPROVE SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITY AT PRINCE RUPERT CURLING CENTRE
MARCH 15, 2022
The Prince Rupert Curling Centre, one of the city’s longest standing recreational assets, has undergone several critical infrastructure upgrades that address the safety and accessibility of the facilities. These enhancements were made possible through a partnership with the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund and Prince Rupert Curling Club (PRCC), and allow the Club to continue offering its curling programs and host region-wide events, as well as create a more welcoming space for people with different mobility challenges.
The most significant part of this revitalization project involved upgrading the curling rink’s refrigeration system, after new provincial requirements made the building’s existing equipment too expensive to maintain. With the support of the Community Investment Fund, PRCC replaced the Curling Centre’s old ammonia plant with a new freon plant, which is safer, more efficient and cost effective to operate.
“The new refrigeration system is more functional and reliable, and as a result our ice operations have drastically improved, allowing us to provide a much higher quality surface for curlers of all ages and experience levels,” said Natasha Lebedick, President of the Prince Rupert Curling Club. “Without the generosity of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund we would not have been able to install this new equipment and continue operating Prince Rupert’s sole curling rink.”
The second part of the revitalization project was aimed at improving access to PRCC’s Bob Rudderham Hall, which is used year-round for dozens of community events, meetings, and celebrations. The upgrades to the 70-year-old structure included a new lift and washroom and kitchen facilities that are wheelchair accessible. These enhancements ensure that all members of the community can safely enter and move around the building. PRPA’s Community Investment Fund contribution to this PRCC enhancement project totals $290,417.
“For generations, the Prince Rupert Curling Club has played a significant role in our community’s recreational and social fabric, and we’re proud to help them make their facilities safer and more inclusive,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “These enhancements to the Prince Rupert Curling Centre will provide more opportunities for people young and old to get some exercise, learn new skills, build friendships, and have fun.”
As part of the revitalization project, PRCC purchased new equipment for its junior curling program. The Club acquired sets of lightweight rocks, designed to be used by children, with the goal of helping more young people get involved in the sport.
Prince Rupert Port seeking to double capacity through the addition of a second container terminal
Proposed project strongly positioned to address Canada’s trade capacity needs over the next decade while reducing the risk of future supply disruptions
February 24, 2022
DP World, a global leader in logistics and provider of smart supply chain solutions, and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have entered into a two-year agreement to assess the feasibility of an innovative new container terminal project in Prince Rupert. The potential project would add up to 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of annual capacity to the Port of Prince Rupert, significantly increasing Canadian trade capacity with critical Asia-Pacific markets, with considerable potential employment and economic impacts that will bolster the western Canadian economy.
Photo Caption: The site of the second container terminal in Prince Rupert, located south of the existing Fairview Terminal.
The proposed terminal represents the continued advancement of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s container terminal master plan done in 2019, which outlined the potential for an additional container terminal, south of the existing Fairview Terminal. With this agreement, DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority will begin various studies on the proposed site, with a key focus on steps required to minimize environmental and community impact, improve the resilience of Canadian supply chains, and ensure the project’s full integration into the Port’s intermodal ecosystem.
“This agreement is a clear demonstration of our commitment and confidence in the viability of a second terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert,” said Maksim Mihic, CEO and General Manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. “Our vision for this proposed project will ensure the Canadian trade and supply chain landscapes are future-proofed. The feasibility studies will employ a pragmatic approach, exploring the use of advanced technologies and ideas to position the new terminal as an industry leader within Canada and the world.”
With Canada needing additional container terminal capacity within the decade, a second terminal in Prince Rupert will be an innovative, sustainable project that minimizes environmental and community impact through integrated land use and infrastructure planning, deploying leading edge technologies, efficient rail and truck connectivity with focus on optimization of the supply chain as a whole.
“As Canada’s third-largest Port, Prince Rupert is a proven driver of sustainable economic development in northern British Columbia and has been fortunate to earn the support of communities throughout the corridor,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “A second container terminal will help consumers, exporters and industries across the country while continuing to contribute significant economic benefit for local communities, the broader region and our Indigenous partners,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
Current expansion and logistics projects are positioning the existing Fairview Terminal as a fully integrated intermodal system that will provide unparalleled speed, efficiency, and competitiveness for Canadian shippers. Adding significant new capacity through a second terminal will increase industry access to faster service, wider reach, and the consistent reliability of the Port of Prince Rupert. The project’s development will maximize the value of strategic Prince Rupert attributes such as the shortest marine link to key markets, direct, safe, uncongested marine approaches and harbour, available industrial land with room to expand critical logistics, transloading and warehousing activities and North American access via CN’s Class 1 northern mainline, which has significant capacity to grow.
As illustrated by the Fairview Terminal Expansion and this proposal for a second terminal, competitive, balanced, and resilient Canadian supply chains continue to be a priority for DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority. Once the study period is complete, both partners will finalize a definitive project development plan that will be subject to regulatory review and authorization. The partners are committed to incorporating Indigenous knowledge and feedback into its planning and development process and continuing to entrench Indigenous economic interests in the Port of Prince Rupert’s ongoing development.
Photo Caption: Conceptual drawing of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert.
PRPA & RUPERT RAMPAGE NET A WIN FOR LOCAL NON-PROFIT GROUPS & HONOUR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS
FEBRUARY 11, 2022
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) and Prince Rupert’s home team of the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL), the Rupert Rampage, have teamed up to honour survivors of the residential school system and raise funds for community groups. As the Rampage’s title sponsor, during the CIHL’s 2021-22 regular season PRPA led multiple initiatives both on and off the ice to support the Indian Residential School Survivors Society of BC (IRSSS) and eight additional North Coast-based charities. Through the efforts of volunteers and Rampage players, and most importantly – the generosity of their fans, more than $10,000 is going to non-profit organizations that provide essential services and programs.
As the extent of the historic injustices of Canada’s residential schools was brought to the forefront in 2021, the Rupert Rampage and PRPA endeavoured to unite the North Coast hockey community behind survivors and intergenerational survivors. For the 2021-22 season, the team introduced specially designed orange Every Child Matters jerseys and held a ceremony to pay tribute to the memories of the thousands of Indigenous children who were tragically taken from their families.
Beyond these symbolic gestures, PRPA and the Rampage also launched a new season-long campaign to fundraise for groups that serve and promote local Indigenous cultures and youth. Partnering with a different local non-profit organization for each Rampage home game, PRPA staff and volunteers set up a Donation Station to sell limited edition Every Child Matters t-shirts and cotton candy. Over the entire season, they collected more than $4,000 in donations from hockey fans, which PRPA is matching for a total of $8,028. That sum is being split, with half going to IRSSS, a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing essential services to survivors and intergenerational survivors of the Residential School System. The remaining funds are being divided between these local non-profits, which provide housing, healthcare, counselling, food security, education, recreation, language, culture programs and services in the community:
- Friendship House Association
- North Coast Transition Society
- Change Makers Education Society
- North Coast Health Improvement Society
- KidSport Prince Rupert
- Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority
- 333 Trinity House (which donated its portion to IRSSS)
“The Rupert Rampage have demonstrated leadership and respect for their community in response to the confirmation of unmarked graves on the sites of former residential schools and we are proud to work together to support survivors and their families,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We are sincerely grateful to Rampage fans for their tremendous generosity and enthusiasm for the Donation Station throughout the season and thank all of the groups who partnered with us to make it a success.”
In addition to the Donation Station, PRPA and the Rupert Rampage raised $2,200 for the Prince Rupert Salvation Army through the annual Goals for Giving Hope campaign. Rampage players scored 22 times on home ice over the course of the regular season, garnering $100 for each goal. Since starting this yearly initiative, the Rampage and PRPA have donated more than $26,000 to the cause, helping the Salvation Army continue to operate critical services including the City Food Bank and soup kitchen.
“The reaction from the community this season has been incredibly inspiring and the players extend their appreciation to the fans and PRPA for their ongoing support,” said Terena Stegavig, Rupert Rampage Vice President. “We are also thankful for the chance to channel our efforts to honour the legacy of late Rupert Rampage trainer, Jules Robinson, who passed away in February 2021. He was a dedicated part of our North Coast hockey community and being able to give back to causes that provide support to Indigenous people and promote youth sports helps us keep his memory alive.”
Prince Rupert Port expansion improving Canada’s ability to move critical goods and supplies
February 2, 2022
Further plans are in the works at Canada’s third-largest port to provide additional capacity and increased resilience to strained supply chains
DP World, a global leader in logistics and provider of smart supply chain solutions, and the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) have announced updates to several critical infrastructure projects that will make Canada’s west coast more resilient to future supply chain challenges. Disruptions and congestion experienced during the past year in southern British Columbia and other west coast supply chains have accentuated the need for additional capacity in Prince Rupert.
Progress on the Fairview terminal expansion and related logistics projects are an important milestone in a long-term plan to add significant new capacity to the Prince Rupert Gateway and provide a viable alternative in the event of future disruptions.
Fairview Container Terminal capacity will increase to 1.6 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) this summer and 1.8 TEUs in 2024
The Phase 2B expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal is a response to the rapid growth in container traffic that Prince Rupert has achieved over the last five years. The first stage of the expansion is now 50 per cent complete and will be finished in July 2022, increasing capacity at the Fairview Container Terminal to 1.6 million TEUs, making it the second-largest container terminal in the country. The second stage of the expansion is set to be completed in late 2024 and will see the terminal’s capacity grow to 1.8 million TEUs. In addition to the hundreds of construction jobs created by the expansion, it will have a significant permanent economic impact on Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities, and the surrounding region. The Phase 2B expansion will ultimately result in 300 additional full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal.
“The DP World Fairview Terminal already offers the fastest connection from Asia to North America, and this expansion of the Prince Rupert Gateway will provide the infrastructure necessary to meet increasing trade growth forecasts,” said Maksim Mihic, CEO and General Manager of DP World (Canada). “The Fairview Phase 2B expansion sets Prince Rupert firmly on the path to becoming a leading strategic Canadian logistics hub, custom-built for high-volume intermodal traffic.”
The new Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is on track to be completed in Q2 of 2022
When complete later this spring, the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor will reroute container trucks from local transload and customs facilities directly to Fairview Container Terminal. The road is an integral development for the Port of Prince Rupert’s intermodal eco-system. It improves existing container terminal truck and rail operations by easing traffic congestion, removing wear on provincial and municipal road infrastructure, lowering costs and drastically reducing greenhouse gas and local air emissions through the more efficient routing. Construction work has been contracted to a local First Nations joint venture, the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance, ensuring local construction employment opportunities in the region.
Advanced plans for a state-of-the-art export logistics facility
Industry has signalled the need for added transloading and warehousing facilities to the Prince Rupert Gateway, and there is an opportunity to increase Prince Rupert’s capacity to containerize and export many of Canada’s key commodities, such as grains, resins, pulp and lumber. To address this need, DP World, Ray-Mont Logistics, and the Prince Rupert Port Authority are in the advanced stages of developing a world-class logistics facility on Ridley Island for exports. The rail-serviced logistics centre will offer a unique combination of scale, speed and terminal integration that will become the new standard for export transload services on the west coast.
Import logistics facility to join integrated Prince Rupert logistics eco-system
The Metlakatla Development Corporation and the Prince Rupert Port Authority are also developing an import logistics facility on 34 acres near the Fairview Container Terminal. The South Kaien Import Logistics Facility, which will be integrated into the Prince Rupert Gateway’s innovative logistics hub, is a critical component of the Port Authority’s plan for even further growth by 2030 and another example of the value of collaboration for the economic prosperity for the entire region.
“The Prince Rupert Port Authority has worked with DP World and our many other partners to grow Prince Rupert into one of North America’s preferred maritime gateways and add more Canadian trade capacity to the west coast,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “In addition to advancing these critical projects right now, we’ll soon be sharing even larger plans that build on the advantages of northern BC to make Canada’s future supply chains more competitive and resilient.”
New capacity at Fairview Container Terminal, as well as the addition of import and export transloading and warehousing, will result in a fully integrated intermodal system that will provide unparalleled speed, efficiency and competitiveness that benefits shippers, Canadian businesses and consumers. In addition to strengthening the economy of northern British Columbia, the projects will significantly increase Canada’s west coast container terminal capacity to support the growth and resilience of Canada’s supply chains and substantially scale up capacity for Canadian agricultural and forest product export sectors, improving their competitiveness.
The DP World Prince Rupert Container Terminal will provide balanced terminal capacity between berth, rail, and gate, resulting in a highly productive, efficient, and reliable operation.
- The container yard will expand from 32 to 41 hectares and two new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes and an eighth dock gantry crane, which has already been added (2021).
- The existing maintenance and administration buildings will be relocated to create additional container storage capacity.
- The truck gate will be expanded and relocated to the south end of the terminal, where it will connect with the new Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor.
- On-dock rail capacity will be expanded by 6,680 feet, for a total of 24,680 feet of on-dock rail by 2022.