Prince Rupert set for capacity of 1.8m teus

Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal Expansion of the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal will increase annual throughput capacity to 1.8m teus. Credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority

The next phase of expansion for the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal will increase annual throughput capacity to 1.8m teus when complete in 2022.

DP World and Canada-based Port of Prince Rupert have agreed on a plan for Phase 2B, which follows the 2017 completion of Fairview Phase 2A to increase the terminal capacity by 500,000 teus to its current capacity of 1.35m teus.

DP World group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “Canada is an important part of our global network and we are delighted to confirm these plans, which underline our commitment to Prince Rupert, which plays a major role in enabling trade in the region and across the west coast with rail connections inland to the rest of the country and the United States.”

Beginning 2019

Construction on Phase 2B will begin in mid-2019. There will be an initial gradual release of capacity to 1.6m teus, in 2020 following the completed expansion of the container yard to the south.

The project will expand the container yard from its current 32 hectares to 41 hectares and add two new RTG cranes as well as an eighth dock gantry crane. The existing maintenance and administration buildings will be relocated to create additional container storage capacity.

Expansion and relocation of the truck gate to the south end of the terminal, where it will connect with the Fairview – Ridley Connector project being advanced by the Port of Prince Rupert, is expected to improve efficiency. The Phase 2B project will further expand on-dock rail capacity with the addition of 6,680 feet of working track, for a total of 24,680 feet of on-dock rail by 2022.

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