$153 million earmarked for Prince Rupert port improvements

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

PRINCE RUPERT, BC – The federal government is funding three projects to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The three projects total $153.7 million.

The first project, led by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, is the building of a double-track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids. It will increase rail capacity on key rail routes and accommodate growth in imports and exports at the Port of Prince Rupert while allowing trains to arrive and depart simultaneously across the expanded Zanardi Bridge.

The second project will provide additional rail capacity and reduce rail congestion to better serve the bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island. It will contribute to the development of a hub to transfer shipments from one mode of transportation to another.

The third project, led by the Metlakatla Development Corporation, will develop land for import and export logistics facilities strategically located near the Fairview Terminal and a container yard. These facilities will provide capacity adjacent to the Port from which to load and unload 175,000 twenty-foot containers (equivalent to more than 66,000 railcars) per year.

Work includes clearing the site, and building roads, electrical and communications systems, water main installation, sanitary treatment facilities, and storm drainage.

They will have substantial impact on the region’s economy and are expected to create 3,100 jobs during construction.

The Port of Prince Rupert handled 26.7 million tonnes in 2018, including a record one million TEUs of containerized freight. This was a 12 percent increase from 2017. It is the fourth busiest Canadian Port Authority in terms of tonnage, and the third busiest in terms of containers.