Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Port preparations for potential LNG arrival gain notice across shipping industry

While North Coast residents wait for word on Final Investment Decisions and other plans to develop when it comes to the proposed LNG Terminal industry for the region, the Port of Prince Rupert would appear to already be ahead of the curve in making sure that its infrastructure is in place for the increase in traffic that could come.

A fairly interesting review of the Port's approach to potential of LNG can be found from the Industry Trade publication Canadian Sailings, which this month features the work of the Port when it comes to laying the groundwork for the industry should it start to ramp up development plans.

In 2012, Prince Rupert Port Authority began implementing recommendations from the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) navigational risk assessment it had commissioned. PRPA requested the firm, one of the world’s leading ship and offshore classification societies, to assume increased traffic projections by 2020 which would include up to 100 LNG carriers and 100 tankers joining the existing traffic mix.  -- One of a number of items of note regarding Port preparations for LNG from a recent article in the industrial trade publication Canadian Sailings

Among some of the key points that the review outlines, the approach to logistical concerns as far as potential ship arrivals, safety issues and environmental stewardship to name a few.

An important part of the focus of the article is the Port's Green Marine initiative, which highlights the success of the program and how such partners as Maher Terminals, Pinnacle Pellet, Ridley Terminals, Quickload  Logistics and many others have joined in with the Port on the project.

And while the main points of the review involve the prospect of LNG, there is much mention of the backbone of the Port, the ongoing shipment of conventional cargo, whether from the Container Port, Ridley Terminal or the Grain Elevator.

Those notes reinforce the importance of those terminals to the local transportation scene and the impact that they have on not only the Port, but the local economy as well.

You can review the full article here.

Canadian Sailings had a further focus on the Port of Prince Rupert, with this review of the Port's performance numbers from last week.

More items on the Port of Prince Rupert can be found here, while our review of the range of proposed LNG projects for the region can be found here.

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