Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal in B.C., will proceed with an expansion of its seven-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs (20 foot equivalent unit) to accommodate growing container volumes.
FRPD-BEL Gateway Joint Venture will be the prime contractor. The project will provide a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes and land reclamation to further expand the container yard.
On-dock rail trackage will also be expanded through densification of the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation. The terminal expansion will increase the capacity to over 1.3m TEUs annually, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
"Intermodal customers have been capitalizing on the advantages of Prince Rupert as part of their transpacific trade solution since Fairview's first phase opened in 2007," said Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. "We're very pleased to see Maher Terminals continue delivering on the vision of fast, reliable container service — while creating new opportunities for the workers, communities, and nations who benefit from this trade gateway."
Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has been operated by Maher Terminals. The terminal anchors a trade lane served by CN's North American Class 1 railroad providing reach into both central Canada and the US Midwest.
According to the port, in seven years of operation, traffic through the Fairview Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America. In 2014, container volume went up 15 per cent over 2013 volumes.
"The two-berth, eight-crane operation that the expanded Fairview Container Terminal will provide, together with the intense focus on delivering industry-best dwell times, assures ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners alike that the Prince Rupert gateway will continue to flourish as a premium service provider by remaining comfortably ahead of demand," said Gary Cross, president and CEO of Maher Terminals.