PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. - Prince Rupert can now handle the largest container vessels on the planet after an expansion of its terminal.
DP World improved its Fairview Container Terminal handling capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) annually at the Port of Prince Rupert during a two-year project.
The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new "big ship ready" Malacca-max cranes, allowing 20,000-plus TEU vessels to access the terminal through one of the deepest port harbours in the world, explains a release.
In addition, 6,000 more feet of on-dock rail and an 11-hectare increase to the terminal footprint will add even more speed and reliability to terminal services, the release reads.
The port is also expecting over 200 new jobs to be created.
"Prince Rupert's success has been driven by its unparalleled geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years," said Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World Canada, in the release.
"However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customers and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade."
In the release, Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert, said the expansion is an important part of its future growth strategy.
"This project is a significant addition to Canada's trade infrastructure and provides tremendous value to our shippers and many partners," he said.
"It has become a major contributor to the regional economy and could not have been realized without collaboration and support of industry, labour, government, First Nations and our local communities."