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Fairview Container Terminal

Phase II North Expansion

Fairview Container Terminal
Container Terminal

Fairview Container Terminal is located in Prince Rupert, on the West Coast of British Columbia. It was the first dedicated intermodal (ship to rail) container terminal in North America when it began operation in 2007, and has grown to become a major trans-Pacific trade gateway reputable for its speed and reliability. 

Through an agreement with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Maher Terminals Holding Corporation of New Jersey operated the terminal from its opening until 2015, when DP World Canada purchased the right to operate the terminal. The original design capacity of the terminal was 500,000 TEU. However effective management and an efficient workforce have seen throughput grow to 776,412 TEUs in 2015. 

During Phase I development, a 360 metre section of the existing wharf was widened by 20m on a pile supported apron structure and the existing 24 hectare terminal was rebuilt and reconfigured. Phase II includes both a northern and southern expansion of the terminal. Cullen Grummitt & Roe UK (CGR) prepared the detailed design of the Phase II North expansion of the terminal, with phase 2A complete the project expanded the wharf to 800m in length and increased throughout capacity to 1.35 million TEUs per annum.

With a design life of 50 years, the expansion comprises of:

  • Dredging and construction of a 155m long and 40m wide piled concrete wharf.
  • Reclamation of 3ha of land at the north end of the terminal.
  • Modification of the Small Craft Harbours breakwater and float. Widening 250m of wharf from the existing northern caisson structure by 20m.
  • Addition of 36m to the southern apron structure.
  • Construction of mooring dolphin and walkway.
  • Excavation/construction of a container park east of the terminal.
  • Upgrade of rail capacity and installation of additional rails and cranes on the new wharf extension.

Project Consultants:

  • Engineering Design / Project Management: Cullen Grummitt & Roe
  • Geotechnical Sub Consultant: Golder Associates
  • PRPA’s Peer Detail Design Review: Moffatt and Nichol

Main Works Include:

  • Site Clearing and Demolition
  • Dredging and Disposal
  • Rock/Mountain Cut
  • Reclamation and Rock Bund
  • Caisson Wharf
  • Pavement and Services
  • Headwall
  • Dolphins and Walkway
  • Electrical Infrastructure
  • Intermodal Rail Yard
Project Timeline
Milestone Date
Project Commences 2015
Project Complete August 29, 2017

Project Update

January 2015

Container Terminal Expansion Will Increase Port's Capacity and Economic Impact

Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, today announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs to accommodate growing container volumes and further enhancing the Canadian gateway’s growing role in North American trans-Pacific trade.

“Intermodal customers have been capitalizing on the advantages of Prince Rupert as part of their transpacific trade solution since Fairview’s first phase opened in 2007,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We’re very pleased to see Maher Terminals continue delivering on the vision of fast, reliable container service — while creating new opportunities for the workers, communities, and nations who benefit from this trade gateway.”

Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has been operated by Maher Terminals. The terminal anchors an efficient trade lane served by CN’s North American Class 1 railroad providing extensive reach into both central Canada and the US Midwest. In seven years of operation, traffic through the Fairview Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America as shippers have discovered the advantages of speed and reliability that have come to define the Prince Rupert gateway. In 2014, impressive container growth continued, with container volume up 15% over 2013 volumes.

Maher Terminals awarded the construction contract to FRPD-BEL Gateway Joint Venture as the prime contractor. The project will provide a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard. On-dock rail trackage will also be expanded through densification of the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation. The terminal expansion will increase the capacity to over 1.3m TEUs annually, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

Gary Cross, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maher Terminals, said, “The two-berth, eight-crane operation that the expanded Fairview Container Terminal will provide, together with the intense focus on delivering industry-best dwell times, assures ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners alike that the Prince Rupert gateway will continue to flourish as a premium service provider by remaining comfortably ahead of demand.”

Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN, said: “Maher Terminals’ terminal expansion to accommodate growth is very good news for our customers and the Prince Rupert gateway. It goes to show how supply chain collaboration and innovation can produce a highly successful transportation product that has real market appeal.”

“Today’s announcement affirms the value of the forward-looking investment in Prince Rupert’s original Fairview Terminal conversion project,” said Don Krusel. “The strategic vision, partnership and alignment of the original partners—Maher, CN, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the Port of Prince Rupert—seized an opportunity that is still paying dividends today.”

Project Statistics
potential jobs created during construction (400-600 full-time permanent positions)
visitors to BG's Prince Rupert office since opening in April 2014
First Nations students successfully completed the first Pathways to Success work-readiness training program, funded by BG Canada

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