Thursday, November 17, 2022

Trigon announcement adds to Prince Rupert Port Authority's increasing role for Canada's Trade Agenda

Wednesday's Federal funding announcement for Trigon is being
noted as another addition towards Prince Rupert's place  in
Canada's Global trade strategy

The news of the 75 million dollar investment by the Federal Government into Trigon facilities on Ridley Island made for a fair bit of coverage in the national business media on Wednesday, with the BNN/Bloomberg profiling the announcement in two segments through the day.

Screen shot from BNN/Bloomberg website

Their focus on the deal started with comments from the Federal Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra, who outlined how the Prince Rupert investment will serve to ease congestion and address supply chain issues across Canada.

You can view that interview here.

Screen shot from BNN/Bloomberg website

Following up on those themes for the Prince Rupert Port Authority was President and CEO Shaun Stevenson who spoke to the importance of the Port's facilities towards the national trade strategy.

He provided a thumbnail sketch of the past volumes through the Ridley Island facility and how the announcement from Wednesday serves their goals for diversification and adds to prospects for energy related projects.

Stevenson also highlighted the participation of Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams in the project and the growing numbers of their communities that are working at Port facilities in the Prince Rupert area.

That interview is available here.

Of note from that interview, was a somewhat startling  lack of awareness of the footprint that Port facilities have on the Prince Rupert waterfront and as part of the national trade picture. 

The interviewer for the piece seemingly not quite up to date on the volume of shipping options through the Northwest gateway.

Suggesting that perhaps the Port may want to forward an updated information package  for BNN Bloomberg to bring their files up to date, as to what trade is shipped through port facilities.

More background on yesterday's announcement for Trigon can be reviewed here.

Our notes on past Port developments can be found from our archive page.

1 comment:

  1. To many who live and do business near the 49th parallel. Prince Rupert is a lot like their grandmother's attic, they don't really know what is up here.