The Prince Rupert Container Terminal is a 59.4-acre facility with a single 360-meter (1,181-foot) berth with a depth of 18.7 meters (61.4 feet) along side. The terminal has a design capacity of 500,000 TEUs annually. The terminal handled 265,259 TEUs in 2009.

The container yard has a capacity of 9,000 TEUs and 72 refrigerated container (“reefer”) plugs. The terminal’s intermodal yard has 6,100 meters (20,000 feet) of track with a capacity of 400 TEUs. There are seven working tracks for loading and unloading of containers and six storage tracks. The terminal is served by the Canadian National Railway.

General information:

Port Authority/Commission: Prince Rupert Port Authority

Name and location of Major Container Terminal(s):

Total Area: 24 Hectares (59.4 Acres)
Operational Capacity: 750,000 TEUs
Length: >360 metres (1181 feet)
Berths: 1
Water Depth: 18.7 metres (61.4 feet)
Container Yard: Handle 9,000 TEUs, 72 Reefer plugs
Intermodal Yard: 6100 metres (20,000 feet) of trackage; 400 TEUs
Rail Services: 7 working tracks, 6 storage tracks 5,182 metres (17,000) train capacity serviced directly by CN intercontinental railway
Equipment: – Three 1,800 tonne super post panamax cranes; 22 container wide reach
– 17 reach stackers/toplifts
– 27 multi-trailer systems (triples); 50 single chasses, extensive mobile equipment
– 72 reefer plugs at 480V/60AMP
– 4 radiation portals

Non-Container Terminal(s):

  • Canadian National Railroad Intermodal Yard, 3100 Scott Road (from Highway 16 West), Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3P4. The Port is a terminus station of CN Rail, a major Class 1 North American carrier. CN’s rail line travels along the Northwest Transportation Corridor through the most moderate rail grade in the Canadian Rockies (around 1%) and on to North America’s heartland through Chicago before arriving in New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.cn.ca/en/our-business/our-network/intermodal-terminals

Port Rupert railroad map

Demographics of surrounding area:

Canada 2011 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
South Asian 410 3.3%
Chinese 190 1.5%
Black 90 0.7%
Filipino 210 1.7%
Latin American 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 360 2.9%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 125 1%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 20 0.2%
Total visible minority population 1,425 11.5%
Aboriginal group
First Nations 4,115 33.3%
Métis 330 2.7%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 4,375 35.4%
White 6,560 53.1%
Total population 12,360 100%

Economics of Port:

Port expansion plans: Expansion of the terminal is planned that would quadruple the capacity of the terminal to two million TEUs to meet the demands of continued growth in Asia-Pacific traffic trade.

The Fairview Container Terminal Development — Phase 2

The vision of the future includes the expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal to quadruple the capacity of the facility to 2 million TEUs. The project will extend the wharf to 800 metres, achieve an 18 metre (59 feet) minimum water depth, increase the dock area to 56 hectares (139 acres), and quadruple to eight the number of post-panamax cranes. The expanded facility will have an on-site storage capacity of 28,560 TEUs at five high.
Phase 2 engineering design, environmental assessment and consultation are well underway.

Warehouses or distribution center complexes that service this port:

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Environmental Issues

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Environmental public concerns/interests/protests/lawsuits about port expansion or operations:

At the Prince Rupert Port Authority, we’re serious about environmental stewardship.

In all of its activities, the Port Authority is guided by key principles of environmental sustainability, including pollution prevention, preservation of environmental integrity, efficient use of resources, and continuous improvement.

This means complying with all applicable legislation, regulations, standards and internal policies, practices and procedures. Wherever technically and economically feasible, environmental best management practices will be integrated into operations and facilities.

Environmental conditions in the Port are documented and monitored on an ongoing basis, which enables the identification and assessment of environmental impacts arising from Port development and operations. The Port Authority is committed to take action to mitigate adverse environmental impacts arising from development and operations, and to build considerations of environmental sustainbility into planning, decision-making, and management processes.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority collaborates with other Port stakeholders. This includes working with Port tenants and users to promote their compliance with the established policies, practices, procedures, and guidelines.

Green Marine — the first west coast port member of the “Green Marine” Environmental Stewardship program.

Shore Power — allows container ships to power down diesel engines and connect with clean electricity on shore.

Port Carbon Assessment — an independent third party found that the Port of Prince Rupert has the lowest carbon footprint of five North American west coast gateways.