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Port of Prince Rupert completes Fairview container terminal expansion

2017-08-31

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world, following DP World's expansion of its Fairview Container Terminal that increases the Port's container-handling capacity to 1.35 million TEUs annually.

The conclusion of the two-year "Phase 2 North" expansion project was celebrated on August 29 by shippers, supply chain partners, local labour and First Nations and community leaders with a ribbon cutting and community open house attended by thousands.

The expansion grows Fairview Container Terminal's annual throughput capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The enlarged terminal includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new "big ship ready" Malacca-max cranes, allowing 20,000+ TEU vessels to access the terminal through one of the deepest port harbours in the world. In addition, 6,000 more feet of on-dock rail and an 11- hectare increase to the terminal footprint will add even more speed and reliability to terminal services.

 

Since its conversion from a break-bulk facility in 2007, Fairview Container Terminal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing container terminals in North America, and established a reputation as one of the fastest and most reliable trans-Pacific trade gateways. Its location in Prince Rupert provides the closest proximity to Asia and direct access to the most reliable rail network reach of any terminal on the west coast.

Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Canada, said the expansion represents a forward- thinking commitment to providing shipping lines and cargo owners with fast, reliable container service that's always ahead of customer demand. "Prince Rupert's success has been driven by its unparalleled geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years," said Mihic.

"However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customers and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade. Thankfully, our strong relationships with our expansion project partners, ILWU, the Port of Prince Rupert and CN Rail have resulted in an impressive transformation that will provide reliable and competitive service for our customers."

Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert, said the expansion is an important part of its future growth strategy. "We continue to build on our strengths, and ensure that as we grow as a Port we will maintain the velocity and fluidity that got us here," said Krusel. (photo Prince Rupert Port Authority).

 
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