Maher Terminals Holding, the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, has announced its decision to expand the facility’s container capacity by 500,000 TEUs. The expansion is designed to accommodate growing container volumes and further enhance the Canadian gateway’s role in North American trans-Pacific trade.
“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. In 2014, container growth continued, with container volume up 15% over 2013’s figure.
Maher Terminals awarded the construction contract for the expansion to FRPD-BEL Gateway Joint Venture as 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.
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