Ridley Terminals rebrands to reflect indigenous ownership

by Krystyna Shchedrina

Ridley Terminals, the largest bulk export terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert, has been renamed Trigon Pacific Terminals Limited.

Formerly a Crown Corporation, the terminal is now privately owned by AMCI Group, Riverside Holdings and the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation. The federal government sold its stake in 2019.

The three-pointed “trigon” that will now be the visual identifier of the terminal is a design element frequently seen in indigenous art. The “trigon” represents the concepts of transition and upward movement, and was chosen because it speaks to Trigon’s ownership, connection to the community and vision for the future.

“Our new identity is about looking forward while honouring Coast Tsimshian culture and traditions, as we advance our company’s commitment to reconciliation through both indigenous ownership and a strong, sustainable operation,” said Trigon president and CEO Rob Booker in a press release.

He said their core focus is the export of reduced and zero-carbon energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia being a leading contender. “We intend to play a significant role in this evolution as Canada’s first hydrogen-as-ammonia export terminal,” he said.

The company is working to build a second berth that will double throughput capacity. It expects to handle new exports, including hydrogen and wood pellets.

Located on a 140-hectare site, on Ridley Island in Prince Rupert, Trigon has been operating since 1983. Its location makes it the closest North American bulk terminal to Asian markets. Its current annual capacity is 18.5 million tonnes, with on-site storage for 1.4 million tonnes. The terminal primarily handles steel-making and thermal coal, petroleum coke, steelmaking and liquefied petroleum gas exports from British Columbia and Alberta.