Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority

While ports will always face new challenges associated with supporting evolving and complex global supply chains, dominant themes continue to be gateway performance and capacity.

Mega-vessels are a well-documented challenge facing North American ports, given the pressure they place on landside operations and inland transportation modes. Working with our partners DP World and CN, our solution is to ensure infrastructure capacity to accommodate these vessels, and that the terminal is capable of efficiently processing large discharges of cargo destined for inland markets.

Double-digit cargo growth at the Port of Prince Rupert represents another challenge, as maintaining our velocity is critical to the performance our shippers have come to rely on. This means working closely with our supply chain partners to be measured in our approach to growth to preserve the performance of the gateway.

Equally as important is transparent gateway performance with our shippers to provide supply chain predictability. As one of the top ranked ports in North America for terminal productivity, this is our guiding principle as we grow terminal capacity and the supply chain ecosystem serving the intermodal trade moving through the Prince Rupert gateway.  

Long-term planning is a core responsibility to ensure readiness to efficiently serve growth. As we plan for 4 million to 6 million TEU at the Port of Prince Rupert, our collaborative approach with our gateway partners DP World and CN to ensure infrastructure and service design will anchor Prince Rupert’s continued success in the growth of our intermodal business.

As DP World embarks on the next expansion of Fairview Terminal in 2019, and CN wraps up a $3.5 billion capital plan in 2018, the Port of Prince Rupert is focused on building west coast terminal and inland rail capacity, and resilience in the velocity that has come to define the Port of Prince Rupert advantage.

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