Port of Prince Rupert wraps up container terminal master plan

PRINCE RUPERT, BC—The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has announced the completion of a container terminal master plan that outlines the potential of future container terminal capacity and sequencing of development at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The Fairview Terminal. Image: Port of Prince Rupert

The planning work identifies the long-term potential to develop six-to-seven million TEUs of capacity through the development of multiple terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The plan’s research was completed with the assistance of AECOM, a global leader in infrastructure planning and development. It considered capital costs, operating efficiencies, optimization of construction sequencing to minimize disruptions to ongoing operations, and mitigation of human receptor impacts (air quality, noise and lighting) as criteria to determine the feasibility and sequencing of container terminal potential at the port.

“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,” said Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The master planning concluded the potential for further expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert’s South Kaien Island site. This second terminal features a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and was identified as the next phase of terminal expansion for the container business at the Port of Prince Rupert following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced in 2018, increasing its current capacity from 1.35 million TEUs to 1.8 million TEUs by 2022.

Both the Fairview Terminal and South Kaien sites are close to expanding export logistics operations on Ridley Island, and will integrate with these operations following PRPA’s construction of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor scheduled for the end of 2020.

The Port of Prince Rupert handled one million TEUs and 27 million tonnes of cargo in 2018.