Management of the Fairview Terminal will shift to
Dubai-based DP World, according to a recent announcement. DP World operates a major terminal in Vancouver,
as well as more than 65 marine terminals around the
world. The terminal is undergoing a major expansion to
include a second berth and three new and larger cranes to
handle the biggest container ships. The project will grow
the terminal’s annual container capacity by 500,000 TEUs.
Other West Coast ports, including Vancouver, have
some draft and berth limitations, not to mention congestion, which Prince Rupert does not have.
The container trade has built upon the port’s successful
Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. has been a waterfront fixture
since 1985, with the capacity of handling up to 7 million
tons of grain annually. The terminal handles wheat, barley and canola from grain elevators on Canada’s prairies,
and ships them to global markets, especially Asia.
Prince Rupert became an important coal terminal
when huge deposits were discovered in northeast
British Columbia, and a purpose-built coal terminal on
Ridley Island was added to support metallurgical and
thermal coal shipments to Japan.
The coal terminal’s capacity was recently increased to
18 million tons, and 12 million tons were shipped in
2014, but the downturn in Asia has cut that quantity in
half this year, and some of the coal mines have curtailed
or suspended mining operations until the market returns.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Group’s Westview Wood Pellet
Terminal is the first purpose-built
wood pellet export facility in North
America. Pinnacle takes advantage
of an abundant source of raw material — waste product from the many
forest products industries in British
Columbia — and converts it into
pelletized bio-fuel, animal bedding,
absorbents and packaging materials.
“It’s a huge success story in
terms of taking what was waste
and turning it into a value-added
product,” Schumacher said.
The company has a long-term
contract to provide wood pellets to a
customer in the United Kingdom,
and in June loaded 60,000 tons of
pellets aboard M/V Popi S for the 34-
day journey to the Port of Immingham, England, the largest wood
pellet shipment ever.
Liquefied Natural Gas
The big news is about the planned LNG facilities, connected by a pipeline to sources in western Canada, to
serve markets in Asia.
The British Columbia provincial government and
Malaysian energy company Petronas are moving forward
with a planned $36 billion Canadian [$27.3 billion]
Pacific NorthWest LNG project. British Columbia’s premier, Christy Clark, said the project will be the largest
capital investment in the province’s history. It’s just one
of four proposed LNG terminals in Prince Rupert, each
one at various stages of financing and permitting.
The 255-acres Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal,
planned for Lelu Island, next to Ridley Island, is the
one closest to commencing construction. The terminal
will be able to berth two ships and be connected to
land by a suspension bridge to leave sensitive wetlands
BG Group also is planning an LNG facility on Ridley
Island with a capacity of up to 21 million tons of LNG
Two other LNG terminals are proposed outside the
Port Authority’s jurisdiction: Aurora LNG has identified a
site on nearby Digby Island and WCC LNG Ltd. — an
affiliate jointly owned by ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil
— is exploring a location north of the port’s inner harbor.
With the number and size of ships calling at the Port
of Prince Rupert expected to grow substantially in the
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The Fairview Container Terminal is the first dedicated ship-to-rail terminal in
North America. Canadian National’s twice-a-day double-stack container trains
can proceed directly to Canadian markets and the U.S. markets of Chicago,
Memphis and New Orleans.