PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced a container terminal master plan to expand future capacity is complete.
The planning work states there is potential for capacity of six to seven million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) through development of terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert.
The master plan concludes there is potential for expanding the existing Fairview Terminal and development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert’s South Kaien Island site.
“Conducting this work ensures we have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and contributes to a vision for the future of our container business to respond to the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert PRPA president and CEO Shaun Stevenson said in a statement.
“The terminal development potential identified in the study ensures that we can accommodate the short, medium and long term supply chain needs of Canadian exporters while continuing to provide the unparalleled reach, reliability and speed shippers have come to expect at the Port of Prince Rupert,” he added.
The planned second terminal will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs with the Fairview Terminal expanding from 1.35 million TEUs to 1.8 million TEUs by 2022.
Both sites are in close proximity to expanding export logistics operations on Ridley Island and will fully integrate with that facility once the PRPA has completed construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor by the end of 2020.
Infrastructure and development firm AECOM assisted in researching the plan, examining operating efficiencies, capital costs, ways to optimize construction sequencing to keep disruption of ongoing operations to a minimum, and mitigation of impacts such as effects on air quality, noise and lighting.
“Our planned container terminal capacity expansion ensures Canadian shippers will be able to meet their supply chain needs well into the future and Canada will be well-served in meeting its objectives of growing trade in the Asia Pacific region,” Stevenson said.
It is estimated the Port of Prince Rupert will become Canada’s second largest port in five years, a PRPA statement said.