Container terminal owner and operator DP World and the Port of Prince Rupert Authority have announced that 75% of works to expand Fairview Container Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, have been completed.
The Phase II North container terminal expansion project, launched in the first quarter of 2015, is on schedule to increase annual capacity at Prince Rupert’s container terminal to over 1.35 million TEUs by the third quarter of 2017, the port authority said.
The expanded terminal will include a second deep-water berth, three additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard. On-dock rail capacity will also be expanded by densifying the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation.
The next milestone for the project is expected in March 2017 with the arrival of three Malacca-max dock gantry cranes to make Prince Rupert big ship ready.
Each crane is equipped with a reach of 25 containers wide and is capable of working the largest vessels in the world with a carrying capacity of 20,000- plus TEUs.
DP World bought Fairview Container Terminal from Deutsche Bank in April 2015.
The concession period runs to 2034 with an extension to 2056 after the completion of Phase 2.
DP World has also undertaken a feasibility assessment in relation to development of the lands intended for further expansion which could potentially increase the capacity of the terminal to 2.45 million TEUs.