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PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT WEATHERS PANDEMIC TO SET ANOTHER RECORD YEAR

As the Covid-19 pandemic triggered lockdowns and economic disruptions around the world, the Port of Prince Rupert kept vital supply chains moving, setting yet another record for cargo volumes. 32.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Gateway in 2020, an increase of 9 percent over 2019.

The growth was led by a rise in exports of coal, propane, and wood pellets. Ridley Terminal saw a year-over-year increase of 26 percent, driven by demand for thermal coal. AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal marked its first full year of operation in May 2020 and ended the year with 1,159,207 tonnes loaded onto 27 vessels bound for Asia. Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Westview Terminal delivered its best year ever, exporting 1,474,301 tonnes of wood pellets, an increase of 33 percent over 2019.

The rise in bulk resource exports helped offset a slowdown at DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal, which felt the impact of the upheaval of global supply chains, triggered by factory shutdowns overseas. However, transpacific shipping rebounded in the latter half of the year, with 1,141,390 TEUs moving through the Port by year’s end.

President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Shaun Stevenson, is lauding the efforts of the many people and gateway partners who have worked tirelessly, amid strict health and safety protocols, to deliver another record-breaking performance.

“In a year marred by uncertainty, the Port of Prince Rupert remained fluid, thanks to the diversification of our cargoes and the determination of our gateway partners who maintained safe, sustainable operations at our terminals and other port-related businesses,” said Stevenson. “Weathering the storms set-off by the Covid-19 pandemic, our Port has handily proven its resiliency, efficiency, and reliability as a key trade gateway for Canada.”

To learn more about the Port of Prince Rupert’s record year visit: www.rupertport.com/news/

CONNECTOR CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION NEARS FINAL STAGES

Construction crews are on track to complete the new Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor in Q2 2021. The 5-kilometre route linking DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal and Ridley Island will reroute container truck traffic away from the community of Prince Rupert and on to a direct Port Authority-owned road, as well as provide a platform for two new CN rail sidings.

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The $115 million Connector Corridor is integral to the sustainable growth of Prince Rupert’s intermodal ecosystem and will create new supply chain efficiencies through the development of logistics services, like the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform and South Kaien Import Logistics Platform. These projects will generate new economic advantages for Canadian businesses and producers, as well as reduce the impact of port operations on the environment.

Quick Facts:

  • Connector Corridor will be fully activated in 2022 when Fairview Container Terminal expansion is complete

  • New route will shorten the length of truck trips from 20-kilometres to 5-kilometres and eliminate use of public roads

  • Reduced distance is expected to cut container truck emissions by 75%

WHAT’S NEXT?

The obstacles presented by the pandemic have not hindered progress on several infrastructure projects aimed at growing and diversifying the Port complex.

  • Environmental assessment process is underway for the proposed Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform, a $300 million project that will support large-scale transloading at the Port of Prince Rupert

  • Metlakatla Development Corporation and PRPA are jointly pursuing the development of lands on South Kaien Island, in close proximity to DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal, for the purposes of establishing a containerized import logistics service area

  • Vopak Pacific Canada is expected to make a final investment decision on a new liquid bulk storage facility and marine berth on Ridley Island later this year

DOCKSIDE DEVELOPMENT TO RAMP UP, EXPAND CONTAINER CAPACITY

2021 promises to be a busy year for DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal, where crews will break ground on the next major expansion. This phase will increase the terminal’s annual capacity from 1.35 million TEU to 1.6 million TEU. A subsequent phase will further expand the terminal’s annual capacity to 1.8 million TEU.

Project scope:

  • Relieve bottleneck through southern yard expansion

  • Eighth container handling gantry crane due to arrive in spring 2021

  • Crane manufactured by Chinese-based ZPMC

  • When delivered, it will be the world’s largest ship-to-shore crane

Green Marine has determined that PRPA is once again one of the highest environmental performers in North America, significantly exceeding jurisdictional regulations and further establishing its reputation as a global leader in environmental stewardship.

Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program for the marine industry that addresses key environmental issues through targeted performance indicators. All results are verified and published every two years by accredited external auditors to achieve Green Marine certification.

PRPA’s most recent performance report achieved the highest level in environmental criteria related to community impacts, spill prevention, aquatic invasive species, waste management, and environmental leadership. It also featured above average results related to greenhouse gases and underwater noise. PRPA’s average score was 4.5/5 in these categories, compared to the North American port average of 2.83/5.

“The Port of Prince Rupert was the catalyst that motivated the program’s expansion outside of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region,” recalls David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine. “It led to many participants joining from all coasts – Pacific North West, Gulf Coast, Atlantic – and this more diversified membership strengthened and added value to the program.”

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For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact our Trade Development Team at business@rupertport.com

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