Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert and United Arab Emirates (UAE) based DP World have agreed on a plan to develop the next phase of the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal expansion.

Due to be completed by 2022, the new Phase 2B expansion will increase the terminal’s annual throughput capacity to 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Construction of Phase 2B is scheduled to begin next year.

The Fairview Container Terminal is situated at the Port of Prince Rupert and is being operated by DP World Canada.

DP World Group chairman and CEO Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “Canada is an important part of our global network and we are delighted to confirm these plans, which underline our commitment to Prince Rupert, which plays a major role in enabling trade in the region and across the west coast with rail connections inland to the rest of the country and the US.

“It also demonstrates the excellent relationships built with the Port Authority and the confidence we both share in the future and the creation of jobs in the community, stimulating the local and regional economy.”

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“The terminal’s capacity has been increased by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs.”

As part of the Fairview Phase 2A expansion completed last year, the terminal’s capacity has been increased by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs.

Once completed, the Phase 2B expansion will extend the container yard from its current 32ha of space to 41ha, as well as include two new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes and an eighth dock gantry cranes.

The terminal’s current maintenance and administration buildings will also be relocated to make additional container storage capacity.

The existing truck gate will be expanded and relocated to the south end of the terminal to connect the Fairview – Ridley Connector project currently being developed by the Port of Prince Rupert.

Under the Phase 2B expansion, on-dock rail capacity will also be increased by adding 6,680ft of working track, for a total of 24,680ft of on-dock rail by 2022.