Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Rod Graham, president of British Columbia-based Velocity Truck Centres, is the newest member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s seven-member Board of Directors, the port authority announced June 26. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, confirmed the appointment of Graham, whose three-year term began June 17. The Calgary-based Graham brings to the new role “extensive experience as senior corporate executive in various sectors including financial/investment, transportation, alternative energy, construction, manufacturing and resource services,” according to the port authority. He has been involved in more than 24 boards in Western Canada, including the Board of Governors of…
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Zero Emission Trucks Coming to Port of Prince Rupert

Zero Emission Trucks Coming to Port of Prince Rupert

Four zero and low-emission heavy-duty trucks are expected to begin operating at the Port of Prince Rupert with the help of a project led by Innovate BC, an agency that funds technology startups and entrepreneurs, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced June 10. The project consists of two hydrogen-powered trucks, one battery-powered truck and one hydrogen-diesel co-combustion truck, all of which would be tested on current routes through 2026. The demonstration would help officials determine the trucks’ range and reliability, as well as the scenario for their best use, the port said. The project’s made possible through the Integrated Marketplace,…
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Prince Rupert Port Authority’s CANXPORT Project Secures Loan

Prince Rupert Port Authority’s CANXPORT Project Secures Loan

The Prince Rupert Port Authority has secured a $150 million loan from Canada Infrastructure Bank to fund the first phase of its export logistics hub project, CANXPORT, the port authority announced May 23. The new facility’s site is near Fairview Container Terminal, allowing for more access to capacity to better balance the amount of import and export cargoes and more efficiently containerize bulk commodities such as agricultural, forestry and plastic resin products, the port said. CANXPORT, which is set to begin operations in the third quarter of 2026, is anticipated to handle an initial annual capacity of 400,000 TEUs, according…
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Prince Rupert Port Authority Begins Work on Export Logistics Project

Prince Rupert Port Authority Begins Work on Export Logistics Project

Construction has begun on the $750 million Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP), which seeks to expand the Port of Prince Rupert’s rail-to-container exports transloading and extend Canadian exports to Asia Pacific markets, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced Oct. 19. The project calls for a 108-acre greenfield development on Ridley Island that’s expected to start operating in the third quarter of 2026. Ray-Mont Logistics, which currently runs a multi-product transload facility at a temporary Ridley Island site, plans to develop and run facilities offering transloading service capacity of 400,000 TEUs for agricultural, forestry and plastic resin goods, according to…
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Port of Prince Rupert Export Logistics Project Moves Forward

Port of Prince Rupert Export Logistics Project Moves Forward

The Ridley Island Export Logistics Project at the Port of Prince Rupert “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” a determination recently made by Canada’s federal authorities, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced March 2. The determination completes the federal environmental review process, a prerequisite that allows federal officials to consider the authorizations necessary to move forward on the project, which consists of “an integrated ecosystem of large-scale bulk and breakbulk transload facilities, intermodal rail yard, and a container storage yard” at the south end of Ridley Island. The project allows for the handling of plastic pellets, cereal…
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Prince Rupert Port Authority Opens Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor

Prince Rupert Port Authority Opens Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor

The Prince Rupert Port Authority on Aug. 24 announced the opening of its Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, a closed loop system linking transloading and terminal operations within the port. The road and rail corridor, which was tested earlier this month with container trucks heading to the new southern gate at DP World-Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal, is expected to improve cargo flow and public safety and lower the port’s carbon footprint. The private road, which loops around the southwestern edge of Kaien Island, cuts the distance for trucks traveling from transloading sites in Prince Rupert and future facilities to Fairview Container…
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Port of Prince Rupert Adds 16 Cruise Vessel Calls

Port of Prince Rupert Adds 16 Cruise Vessel Calls

The Port of Prince Rupert has 16 new vessel calls being added to this season’s cruise schedule, a move that could mean as many as 46,000 more cruise passengers this spring and summer, the port announced earlier this month. With the Princess Cruises-operated Ruby Princess arriving May 17 at Prince Rupert, now a regular stop on the vessel’s Alaska schedule, the port now anticipates 43 cruise ship calls and about 60,622 passengers visiting Prince Rupert between now and Sept. 30. The Ruby Princess can accommodate 4,180 passengers and crew members, according to Princess Cruises. “The exciting late addition of the…
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Prince Rupert Port Authority Honors Four Firms for Green Efforts

Prince Rupert Port Authority Honors Four Firms for Green Efforts

Four companies were recently spotlighted by the Prince Rupert Port Authority for their 2021 performance in the port’s Green Wave environmental incentive program. COSCO Shipping Lines, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Navigator Gas LLC and BC Ferries were among the companies honored for their efforts within the annual program, which since 2013 incentivizes shippers with reduced harbor fees who practice sustainability based on how their commercial vessels curb air emissions and underwater noise levels. One measurement into the program is RightShip’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rating, which assesses vessels on their efficiency. Last year, 28 vessel calls qualified for the program using…
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Prince Rupert Cruise Terminal Expected to Reopen This Summer

Prince Rupert Cruise Terminal Expected to Reopen This Summer

After COVID-19 closed cruising for two years, the Prince Rupert Port Authority this month announced that cruise ships are returning to the Northland Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert this summer.  The 2022 cruise season is expected to include 26 cruise vessels with about 14,010 passengers traveling between May and September, according to the port authority.  Cruising is a significant industry at Prince Rupert: between 2004 to 2019, cruising brought about 655,000 passengers and an estimated direct economic impact of more than $50 million.  “PRPA and our partners are looking forward to safely welcoming back cruise passengers to Prince…
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