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DP World mulls expansion of Canadian container terminal

Dubai port operator signs agreement with Prince Rupert Port Authority to study further growth of facilities

DP World mulls expansion of Canadian container terminal

Dubai's DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have announced an agreement to study further expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert, Canada.  

DP World is the operator of the Fairview Container Terminal and construction is currently underway for the Phase 2 North expansion.

Government of Canada approval has been received for the Phase 2 South expansion of the terminal further to an environmental assessment completed on terminal expansion in 2012.

Under the new Feasibility Study agreement, DP World said it intends to study current marine liner services and container volume growth forecasts for trans-Pacific trade on the West Coast, weighing demand for activation of Fairview’s Phase 2 (South) expansion to align the project schedule with market demand.

This study is critical to the future growth of port operations within British Columbia and will serve as the basis for moving forward with this project in a timely manner.

Maksim Mihic, DP World Canada Group general manager, said: “Phase 2 South, which could potentially be delivered within the next three to five years depending on demand, would increase the total capacity of Fairview Container Terminal to in excess of 2 million TEUs, and would provide capacity to meet Canada’s Pacific container terminal capacity requirements for decades to come in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.” 

Don Krusel, Prince Rupert Port Authority president and CEO, added: “The growth in traffic at the Fairview Terminal, North America’s fastest-growing intermodal gateway, has been a validation of the Prince Rupert advantages in transpacific shipping.

"We are pleased to see DP World ready to seize those advantages and move forward with planning the terminal’s continued expansion.”

In early 2015, the Phase 2 North expansion project was launched, which will raise the terminal’s capacity to approximately 1.3 million TEUs upon completion in 2017.

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