Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ray-Mont Logistics in homestretch of construction of plastic pellet export facility on Ridley Island

Plastic Pellets will soon be joining
grain exports out of the Ray-Mont
facility on Ridley island
(Raymont photo)

Ray-Mont logistics is expanding its footprint on the Ridley Island waterfront, as the Montreal based containerized grain shipping firm prepares to bring the first phase of an new high tech facility for bagging plastic pellets for shipment by container.

Work is currently underway on the latest addition to options offered by the Port of Prince Rupert with the multi-million dollar facility designed to improve the speed and efficiency of plastic pellet exports for producers in Alberta.

Once in operation, Product will be transported to Prince Rupert by CN Rail and then bagged at the Ridley Island facility, put into containers at Ray-Mont and then taken to Fairview Terminal for shipment to Asia or beyond.

Raymont President and CEO Charles Raymond, made note of the cooperation that is in place to provide for the latest addition to their shipment options.

“This project will reroute and realign the movement of plastics in North America. This facility will be a high tech and scalable example of the power of an efficient supply chain. Shippers now have more options than before to access Asian markets without any warehousing or double handling. This unique process is faster and reduces costs for everyone. We would like to thank the Prince Rupert Port Authority and CN for their collaboration in making this vision become a reality.”

For his part, Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Shaun Stevenson, highlighted how the Ray-Mont facility will add to the shipment options that make use of the Prince Rupert Gateway.

“The Prince Rupert gateway continues to create new opportunities for Canadian exporters to reach Asian markets, as evident in the 25 percent growth in laden containerized exports year over year in 2018,” said Shaun Stevenson, president and chief executive officer of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Ray-Mont Logistics and CN are strong partners within the Prince Rupert gateway and we are pleased to see them develop this capacity providing increased global reach for shippers and a strategic market access opportunity for the future.”

The first phase of the plastic pellet operations is to open in August of this year.

The news of the new export facility in Prince Rupert was relayed by CN Rail through a media statement earlier today, CN President and CEO JJ Ruest making note of the strength of the Prince Rupert supply chain as a key element of the rail network.

“Ray-Mont Logistic’s project is a clear example of how CN is offering its customers the advantage and strength of the Prince Rupert supply chain ecosystem to export to new markets by bagging their pellets directly at the new facility. CN is enabling new export supply chain growth for its customers and Canadian shipping lines. We are proud to be active participants in this project and to be working hand in hand with Ray-Mont, shippers, and the Prince Rupert Port Authority. This CN-supplied export gateway has contributed to securing Canada’s reputation as a reliable and competitive trading partner. We look forward to many more projects to come.”

Plastic pellets are just one byproduct of Alberta's petro-chemical industry with the new Prince Rupert set to expand the global reach for Alberta to get its produce to market.

The Ray-Mont operations opened for business on Ridley Island in September of 2017, with workers on the site loading containers with Western Canadian Grain for shipment to global markets.

A video released last year put the spotlight on the Prince Rupert operation after it celebrated its first year of operation on the Prince Rupert waterfront.

For more items of interest related to the Ray-Mont facility in Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

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