Port of Prince Rupert

Port of Prince Rupert

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The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), operating under the Canada Marine Act, acts as an autonomous agency responsible for all federally owned waterfront properties in and around the city of Prince Rupert on the north coast of British Columbia. The ports of British Columbia offer the shortest transit times to and from Canada’s major trading partners in Asia. PRPA facilities include:

-- Fairview Container Terminal was originally constructed as a breakbulk cargo terminal and was later expanded. The general cargo terminal was converted into a container terminal. Maher Terminals Holding Corporation managed the terminal operations until the rights of the terminal operations were purchased by DP World Canada in 2015.

-- Prince Rupert Grain, which handles export-bound wheat, barley and canola shipped by rail directly from grain elevators on Canadian prairies. The terminal also processes and exports byproducts such as grain screening pellets, feed screenings, mixed feed oats and associated commodities.   

--- Other facilities, such as Ocean Dock, Ridley Terminals, and Pinnacle Pellet Terminals. All of PRPA facilities are serviced by CN Rail.

22 Jul 2020
Pacific Northwest ports in the US and Canada are focusing on terminal expansion projects to prepare for what they hope will be a return to growth after the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
18 Sep 2017
Landside work, including improvements to the Canadian National Railway connection, has slowed productivity.
12 Sep 2017
Krusel’s vision and ensuing success turned up the temperature on an already hot competition for cargo among the Pacific Northwest seaports.
23 Aug 2017
“Canada is a trading country.”
14 Aug 2017
The new terminal, pulling in grain carloads from the western Canadian provinces and the US Midwest, will help alleviate equipment shortages for North American outbound moves.
10 Aug 2017
Will the vote be remembered as a narrow, ultimately inconsequential act, or a turning point premised on a message to the union leadership that something needs to change?
02 Aug 2017
Washington State’s two senators asked in August 2011 for a study of potential cargo diversions after hearing their states’ ports might be losing business to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
20 Jul 2017
Pacific Northwest ports believe the true competitive edge will come from faster cargo velocity at the terminals.
14 Jul 2017
In the 10th year of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal, CEO Don Krusel, joined JOC.com to discuss the key elements of its success, expansion expected for Q3, and status of long-term development to become a 2.5-million-TEU facility by early 2020s. This year Fairview's footprint will be expanded by 50 percent, a second berth and three new cranes will be added, increasing annual TEU capacity by 500,000.
04 Jul 2017
“With the big ships now, speed and flexibility are as important as reliability of service,” Gary Fast, associate vice president of international transportation at Canadian Tire, told the JOC Canada Trade Forum in Toronto.
20 Jun 2017
Canadian shippers and the head of Canada’s largest port have argued monetizing the country’s 18 port authorities could increase port user fees, limit public oversight, and threaten investment in waterside infrastructure.
07 May 2017
Vancouver and Prince Rupert are increasing their terminal capacity and improving their cargo-handling efficiency as they look to take additional market share from US West Coast ports.
02 Dec 2016
DP World is partnering with Canada’s second-biggest public pension to create a $3.76 billion platform aimed at investing in container terminals.
03 Nov 2016
A solid performance by the Northwest Seaport Alliance in September and year to date indicates that Seattle and Tacoma may have regained regional market share from the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
14 Oct 2016
Zim Integrated Shipping Services will add a new service linking Chinese ports with Prince Rupert, British Colum
07 Oct 2016
Seattle and Tacoma, which since last year have operated under the Northwest Seaport Alliance, rank fourth in the US as a port complex, but that could change if it continues to lose cargo.
20 Sep 2016
Canadian importers and exporters’ frustration is mounting after two Hanjin vessels — one set to sail to Tokyo and another to Seattle — have been stranded in Canadian waters for more than two weeks.
19 Sep 2016
The Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is studying the feasibility of a new terminal that would handle breakbulk and bulk cargoes.
30 Jul 2016
Ports in the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest are planning feverishly for the larger cargo surges they know will occur in the coming years from big ships operated by powerful carrier alliances.
Ports in Canada are still finalizing their SOLAS VGM processes
08 Jun 2016
Like their U.S. counterparts, Canadian exporters know some but not all of the details of how individual container terminals will cope with a new international container weight rule.
09 May 2016
Facing a soft LTL market, Roadrunner takes steps to build out its U.S. network and attract freight from western Canada.
05 May 2016
DP World Vancouver General Manager Maksim Mihic and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett met on the sidelines of the 16th TPM Conference to discuss the advantages of Canadian gateways against their U.S. counterparts, what makes Prince Rupert so successful, and DP World’s plans for expansion at both ports.
28 Mar 2016
In the nearly nine years since the Oct. 31, 2007, inauguration of container shipping services through Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Cosco has been the dominant carrier to the port that offers the fastest transit from Asia to the U.S. Midwest.
15 Dec 2015
DP World, the new owner of Prince Rupert's container terminal, and the port authority are already considering expanding the port’s annual capacity by more than 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units — even though the latest buildout has yet to be completed.
19 Nov 2015
The announcement this week by CMA CGM that it will share slots on China Ocean Shipping Company’s trans-Pacific service from Asia to Prince Rupert, Canada, caps off one of the more eventful years in the short history of the port’s container operations.
18 Aug 2015
The 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. will add a trans-Pacific call at Prince Rupert, giving the fast-growing British Columbia port its first direct Asian call from non-CKYHE carriers.
31 Jul 2015
After bleeding market share in the first few months of 2015 because of congestion and labor problems, the Seattle-Tacoma gateway appears to be leveling off in the competitive Pacific Northwest. Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, is likewise leveling off, but Prince Rupert continues to register impressive double-digit gains compared to last year.
11 Jul 2015
After bleeding market share earlier this year due to congestion and labor problems, the Seattle-Tacoma gateway appears to be leveling off in the competitive Pacific Northwest region. Port Metro Vancouver, Canada, is likewise leveling off, although Prince Rupert continues to register impressive double-digit gains compared to last year.
11 Jun 2015
The Port of Prince Rupert had another big month in May with total container volume increasing 45.6 percent over May 2014.
19 May 2015
Container traffic in Seattle-Tacoma returned to normal in April as the vessel and container backlogs that had developed over four months of labor slowdowns dissipated.
18 May 2015
Grain is moving by rail at a steady pace from Canada’s Prairie Provinces to export terminals in British Columbia’s Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.
04 May 2015
Seattle and Tacoma took a big hit in the first quarter as its market share among Canadian Pacific Northwest ports took a dive amid longshore labor disruption.
02 Apr 2015
DP World on Thursday announced it is buying Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Colombia, from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, for C$580 million ($457 million).
10 Mar 2015
Seven years ago the idea that a relatively obscure bulk port in a sparsely populated region of Western Canada would become one of the fastest growing container gateways in North America would have drawn smirks, and did, even though the vision of a gateway for Asia trade at that location went back to the early years of the 20th century.
03 Mar 2015
Shippers who tried to divert their containerized cargo to the U.S. East Coast during the paralyzing port congestion at West Coast ports in the last few months were not always successful because they did not have long-standing relations with carriers serving the East Coast, according to panelists at the 15th annual TPM Conference.
20 Feb 2015
U.S. intermodal volumes are declining, while Canadian shipments increase, a sign that more shippers are diverting cargo from the U.S. West Coast north to ports in British Columbia.