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Prince Rupert to top Montreal as Canada's No 2 port


Canada's west coast Port of Prince Rupert has announced the completion of a container terminal master plan that calls for the wilderness harbour becoming the country's second biggest gateway after Vancouver within five years and overtaking Montreal.
Last year, Prince Rupert, 460 miles north of Vancouver, handled one million TEU and 27 million tonnes of cargo. Montreal handled 39 million tons and 1.5 million TEU, noted the American Journal of Transportation.
Much of Prince Rupert cargo volume goes to the US Midwest via the CN rail network which has claimed to get boxes to Chicago two days faster than they can be delivered from LA-Long Beach.
"We have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert,?Prince Rupert Port Authority CEO Shaun Stevenson.
The plan foresees expansion of Fairview Terminal and the development of a second container terminal at nearby South Kaien Island site.
This second terminal would have the capacity of 2.5 million TEU and was identified as the next phase following the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal announced by DP World in 2018. This would, increase capacity from 1.35 million TEU to 1.8 million TEU by 2022.

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