Breakbulk and Bulk Cargo Terminal at Port of Prince Rupert?
Prince Rupert, B.C. – The Port of Prince Rupert has signed a feasibility assessment agreement with SSA Marine and its wholly-owned subsidiary Western Stevedoring to explore the viability of a breakbulk and bulk import/export terminal located on Kaien Island at the Port of Prince Rupert.
The terminal project has been part of the Port’s Gateway 2020 development planning and is integrated with the Ridley Island Road, Rail and Utility Corridor.
The 80-hectare terminal would be located on the south shore of Kaien Island and be adjacent to CN’s mainline where the port authority says it would provide effective marine access for ships.
The conversion of Fairview Terminal in 2007 saw the loss of breakbulk and general cargoes capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. The Port says a new breakbulk and bulk terminal would restore capacity for handling the types of goods and modes of transport requested by U.S., Canadian and regional shippers.
The Port says it could also provide capacity for breakbulk forest products, steel, project cargo, bulk specialty agricultural products, bulk mineral concentrates and automobiles.
An environmental assessment of the site would be required if the feasibility assessment substantiates the terminal’s potential.
“Ongoing cargo diversification is one of the highest priorities for the Port of Prince Rupert, and the potential for the return of breakbulk and general cargoes capacity to the Port of Prince Rupert represents a clear response to growing market demand in Western Canada,” said Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert.
“We are pleased to be working with SSA Marine and Western Stevedoring, accomplished transportation service providers whose extensive global operations make them an attractive partner.”