Port of Prince Rupert's New Cranes To Arrive Saturday

Port spokesman Michael Gurney says the cranes will be aboard the heavy load carrier ship Zhen Hua 25 (FILE PHOTO BELOW, SUPPLIED BY PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT), and will sail slowly into the harbour Saturday morning.

"The new cranes that are arriving at Fairview Container Terminal are probably the most visible milestone of the expansion project that will be completed later this year -- it's a massive project that involves extending the berth face of the existing container terminal, allowing for a second container ship to be worked at the same time as at the original berth," he said.

A team of BC Coast Marine Pilots will be aboard the ship to guide its approach, with the port authority's patrol boat -- the MV Charles Hays -- and a couple of tugs accompanying it.

The offloading process is expected to take several days.

 

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NEW CRANES WILL BOOST CAPABILITIES OF EXPANDED FAIRVIEW CONTAINER TERMINAL

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017 | PDF VERSION

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- This weekend will mark another important milestone in the ongoing expansion of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal, a project which is due for completion in the third quarter of 2017.

On Saturday morning, May 13, three gantry cranes will enter Prince Rupert Harbour aboard the heavy load carrier ship Zhen Hua 25. 

A team of BC Coast Marine Pilots will be aboard the ship to guide its approach. 

It will be escorted by tugs from SAAM SMIT Towage which will help the ship execute a slow turn before berthing at Fairview Container Terminal.

The Port Authority patrol boat M.V. Charles Hays will accompany the Zhen Hua 25 from the Kinahan Islands to ensure that any nearby watercraft maintain a safety perimeter of at least one nautical mile from the 50,000-tonne vessel.

The offloading process is expected to take several days.

The three Malacca-max dock gantry cranes further enhance Prince Rupert's reputation as "big ship ready." Each crane is equipped with a horizontal reach of 25 containers and is capable of working the largest vessels in the world.

When the expansion project is complete, the capacity of Fairview Terminal will increase by half-a-million TEUs, boosting its total capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs.

Images and updates depicting the cranes' arrival will be shared in real-time via the Port's social media channels: facebook.com/rupertport and twitter.com/rupertport.

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ABOUT THE PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT'S FAIRVIEW CONTAINER TERMINAL:

Fairview Container Terminal is located in Prince Rupert, on the West Coast of British Columbia. Operated by DP World (Canada) Inc., 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. 

The expanded terminal will include a second deep-water berth, three additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to expand the container yard. On-dock rail capacity will also be expanded by densifying the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Port of Prince Rupert
Corporate Communications Department
24-hour media hotline: 250 627-3751
Email: media@rupertport.com