DP World Saint John has begun operating a multi-purpose container, bulk, and breakbulk terminal at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Saint John is said to be ideally positioned to serve the needs of shippers and receivers in New England, Eastern Canada, and the Midwest.
DP World Saint John offers year-round, ice-free access, with a deep draft and no air draft restrictions. The multi-purpose terminal can handle all types of cargo, including containers, breakbulk, heavy-lift and vehicles.
Its capability is expected to grow soon as the Port of Saint John has plans underway for a major facility expansion. DP World Saint John will work in partnership with the Saint John Port Authority and with the governments of Canada and New Brunswick to embark on a previously announced CAD 205 million infrastructure modernization program expected to be completed in 2021, with the DP World Saint John lease continuing for 30 years after.
With the Port Authority’s completion of the expansion works, a 350 metre deep-water berth will be created, an enhanced stacking area and a 12,000 foot intermodal rail yard capable of handling a full train, DP World said.
DP World Saint John will begin operations implementing DP World’s own Zodiac Terminal Operating System (TOS). Zodiac provides an integrated platform to track vessel, yard, gate and rail movements equipped with advance optimisation modules.
With the October 2016 arrival of two new quay cranes, DP World Saint John is adding new terminal cargo handling equipment to further expand capacity and productivity. Once modified, the new cranes will be capable of working a 16 container-wide, 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, as compared to the average 3,000 TEU vessels currently serviced.
The cranes will also have the ability to handle larger vessels through all loading and tidal conditions. Saint John has some of the largest tides in the world and being able to continuously work a vessel through a 7.7m tidal cycle improves current operational capabilities, DP World said.
Upgrades will also be made to the existing Rodney Terminal wharf infrastructure to prepare for the arrival of the larger cranes.