Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces Phase Two expansion for Fairview Container Terminal

Area in Green highlights the areas of expansion for
Phase Two of the Fairview Container Terminal
From the Port of Prince Rupert website

The long awaited go ahead for expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal was finally delivered today, as Port of Prince Rupert President and CEO Don Krusel outlined the blue print for growth of one of the city's main industrial engines.

At the start of a media conference held at the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Interpretive Centre on Tuesday, Mr. Krusel provided some of the background of success that Fairview has found since it opened seven years ago, with increasing through-put and expanded employment opportunities for local workers.

In recognition of the growing reputation of success for Fairview Terminal and the Port of Prince Rupert, Mr. Krusel directed much of the credit on that theme to those that work day to day at Fairview, as well as with those partners which service the port such as CN Rail and other industrial stakeholders.

Don Krusel, Port of Prince Rupert President and CEO
making the Phase Two announcement on Tuesday

“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.” -- Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority

As for the expansion plans, Mr. Krusel praised the dedication to Prince Rupert of Maher Terminals the operator of the FairviewContainer Terminal.  Maher which clearly sees promise in the future, is making an estimated 200 million dollar plus investment into the project.

A contribution to the future of the North Coast that will see the facility expand to the north, moving towards the area that once hosted the Co-op fish plant.

Maher Terminals has awarded the contract to a joint venture of contractors Fraser River Pile and Dredge along with BEL Contracting.

When completed the project will provide for a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes and land reclamation for further expansion of the container yard.

“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.” -- Gary Cross, President and CEO of Maher Terminals

The expansion to the terminal will increase capacity of Fairview to over 1.3 million TEU's annually, the scheduled completion period is for mid 2017.

Once Phase Two is in operation anticipated for the fall of 2017, the Fairview Terminal shoreline will host a seamless 765 metre wharf stretching across the entire western face of the terminal.

To put the development into perspective for the local community, Mr. Krusel highlighted how the 200 million dollar commitment by Maher to expand operations, will continue to provide for well paying jobs in the region and expand the reputation of the Port in world shipping markets.

As part of Tuesday's announcement, Mayor Lee Brain offered up his congratulations to Maher Terminals and the Port for the announcement, highlighting the impact and excitement that the expansion will have on the community.

First Nations leaders in the area also provided their support to the project and the opportunity for training and jobs that the expansion will bring.

For more background on today's announcement see this media advisory from the Port.

Further background on past Port developments can be found on our archive page.

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