With the goal of avoiding a repeat of the problems which bogged down container flow last winter, the expansion of Prince Rupert Port enters the final stage.
By adding 500,000 TEU capacity, the project will raise the facility’s capacity to 1.8m TEU, a 33% increase. Specific improvements include an expansion of the container yard from 32ha to 41ha, and the addition of three gantry cranes, two rubber-tyred units and an eighth dock gantry crane.
Plans also call for the relocation of buildings to create more container storage space and to boost rail capacity. The addition of 2 km of track will give the facility a total of 7.5 km at the dock. The latter is required to address the major bottle neck of last winter, which led to a pile up of containers and increased dwell times to as much as 7 days, twice the norm.
For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.