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Port of Prince Rupert restores container terminal top fluidity

2018-04-11

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's Fairview Container Terminal has restored fluidity to its target 2.5-day dwell times in the wake of several months of congestion linked to weather-related rail service issues and double-digit growth in volume. Early in the winter, dwell times had reached as many as six days.

"We recognize the importance of speed and reliability in the supply chain and that shippers have come to expect industry leading performance in Prince Rupert," said Shaun Stevenson, Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. "With service levels restored and capacity available to accommodate growth, we are on track for another record year."

Last year, the port's container throughput soared by 26% to 926,540 TEU.

Following a significant expansion project completed in 2017, the Fairview Container Terminal is now Canada's second largest gateway for intermodal trade. Additional terminal capacity has been fully realized with the deployment of rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes in the terminal rail yard, increasing outbound rail capacity from 30,000 to 40,000 feet per day.

"Restoration of normalized dwell times demonstrates the resiliency of both DP World Prince Rupert and CN," said Mr. Stevenson. "With the support of our ocean carriers, CN's extensive rail network, and the strength and flexibility of DP World's global network of marine terminals, Prince Rupert was able to meet challenging market conditions with practical solutions."

With ample capacity for growth and increasing trans-Pacific trade demand, the Fairview Container Terminal is now well-prepared to accommodate growth in import and export volumes through the duration of 2018. In addition to nearly 200 longshore positions added in Prince Rupert in 2017, ILWU 505 is in the process of recruiting an additional 200 longshoremen this month to ensure the local workforce is sufficient.

CN has increased intermodal rail equipment supply and acquired additional locomotives for the Prince Rupert rail corridor, as part of a $3.2 billion capital investment plan for 2018 to improve network efficiency. "Our collaborative approach to strategic planning and responding to customer demand continues to be one of the greatest strengths of the Prince Rupert model," said Mr. Stevenson. "The recent challenges we experienced are regrettable. However, the situation demonstrated our collective commitment to our customers and to the sustained fluidity of our operations." (Photo PRPA)

 
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