Prince Rupert, an Alternative to Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Why is Prince Rupert a better alternative than Roberts Bank?
The first phase of the Prince Rupert Fairview container Port opened in late 2007, and now, with a capacity of 850,000 Containers (TEUs), is handling over 750,000 containers per year. Work is underway on the Phase 2 North expansion which will add another 500 – 600,000 TEU capacity and will be completed in 2017. The Phase 2 South expansion is in the planning stage and once it is completed – in about 2020 – this will give the port a capacity of about 2.5 million TEUs. Further expansion is also being contemplated so that Prince Rupert would be capable of handling up to 4.5 million TEUs in the future.
With that kind of capacity coming on stream, Canada’s west coast will never be short of container terminal capacity.
Why is Prince Rupert a more logical place for a container terminal than Roberts Bank:
- It is two sailing days (one inbound, one outbound) closer to the major exporting countries in the Asia/Pacific, than any of the Port Metro Vancouver container terminals
- It’s a natural deep sea harbour that requires no dredging, unlike Deltaport and Roberts Bank
- It’s an easier shipping route – straight in via Hecate Straight – unlike the Port Metro Vancouver terminals, where the ships have to pass through the narrow and already congested Juan de Fuca straight and up through Orca Pass.
- There’s much less of an environmental impact – unlike the proposed Roberts Bank T2 project, that risks destroying the globally significant Roberts Bank ecosystem.
- Excellent transportation infrastructure – CN Rail link already in place – unlike the Port Metro Vancouver terminals that rely on a rail route through the already congested Fraser Canyon.
- Up to 70 percent of the containers handled by Port Metro Vancouver are destined for Eastern Canada and the US. The rail route to these eastern markets from Prince Rupert is significantly shorter than the route from Port Metro Vancouver.
- Less pollution from dirty, diesel burning trucks, unlike Port Metro Vancouver and the proposed T2.
- Less pollution – ship emissions will be lower because the route into port is significantly faster.
- The Prince Rupert community wants the container port – Delta residents are strongly opposed to T2 and adamant that T2 not be built.
Make sense? Then tell the politicians.