2018 Annual Report
The strongest ports are those that can handle a variety of cargoes, helping them balance the ups and downs of world markets. At the Port of Prince Rupert, cargo diversification is an essential part of our strategy. Throughout 2018, the port built new relationships, enhanced the capabilities of its existing terminals, and committed to developing additional capacity at our trade gateway. We celebrated a major milestone as we hit our first 1 million TEUs at Fairview Terminal. And we developed innovative ways to support Canada's trading economy while benefitting the communities where we do business. As the Port of Prince Rupert continues on a path of growth and diversification, attracting new people to join our port businesses and reside in our community will continue to be a priority.
The Prince Rupert Advantage
Prince Rupert has a magnified impact on global trade for a community of 12,000 people. The reasons for this start with the geography of our harbour. When connecting North America to the Asia Pacific, no other port can match Prince Rupert’s natural advantages.
Prince Rupert is 1-2 days closer to Asia than any other West Coast port. That means less fuel, less risk, and more reliable performance.
Following a shorter transit across the Pacific Ocean, commercial vessels and their cargoes enjoy safe, efficient access to Prince Rupert's world-class terminals.
Room to grow
Prince Rupert is home to the deepest natural harbour in North America and is among the deepest in the world. It remains ice-free year-round. Combined with direct access to trans-Pacific shipping lanes, we have room to safely manage growth.
CN's rail network offers premium reach into North America’s resource economies and consumer markets, while on the flattest available grade through the Rockies.
Whether through direct employment or investments that improve local quality of life, residents of Prince Rupert and its neighbouring communities are invested in the continued growth and success of port operations.
Building on the Prince Rupert advantages, the Prince Rupert Port Authority and its partners have created a track record of excellence in trade, community impacts, safety, and sustainability.
Building on those advantages, the Port of Prince Rupert and its partners have created a track record of excellence in Trade, Community Impact, Safety, and Sustainability.
Measuring Our Success
Our portfolio of terminals handles a variety of cargo, each of which is affected by its own market cycle. Through continued investment in trade infrastructure, the Port of Prince Rupert enables an even greater array of commodities to flow in and out of Canada. This ensures we can remain stable—even grow—year to year.
Total Volume (tonnes)
Intermodal Volume (TEUs)
Bulk Grain Volume (tonnes)
Coal Volume (tonnes)
Wood Pellet Volume (tonnes)
Total Cruise Passengers
The Port Authority's growth vision and accompanying strategy ensure that the needs of port tenants, future trade opportunities and regional economic development goals are coordinated and balanced. The result is a slate of well-planned, integrated and diversified developments that anchor Prince Rupert's future as a gateway for trade.
Fairview Launches New Expansion Plans
On the heels of the 2017 completion of Fairview Terminal’s Expansion 2A project, bringing the facility up to 1.3 million TEU capacity, the DP World operation achieved a significant milestone in December 2018 when it processed its millionth TEU in a single year. Building on this track record of year-over-year growth, it was then announced that same year that the Fairview Container Terminal will continue expansion efforts through the Fairview Terminal Expansion 2B project to reach 1.8 million TEU capacity by 2022. Fairview Terminal is now capable of handling the largest vessels in the world and poised to meet future demand.
Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) Construction
AltaGas announced a positive final investment decision in 2017 and proceeded with construction of a new propane export facility throughout 2018. The facility, the first marine propane export terminal in Canada, is designed to ship up to 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually. RIPET will receive product from BC and Alberta natural gas producers that will be transported to the facility using the existing CN rail network. Once operational, it's estimated that the terminal will offload approximately 50 to 60 rail cars per day and deliver approximately 20 to 30 cargos of propane per year to market by marine transport. The $500 million facility has been developed on lands leased by Ridley Terminals Inc., and is anticipated to employ up to 40 people once opened in 2019.
Sustainable Growth Through Infrastructure Development
A critical PRPA responsibility is to invest in infrastructure to responsibly grow existing cargo capacities and accommodate new export terminals required to ship Canadian products. In 2018, the Port Authority secured $21.9 million in federal investment dollars to deliver transportation infrastructure to support gateway growth. This included $15 million from the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative for the Fairview-Ridley Connector, $3.7 million from the National Trade Corridors Fund for the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor Expansion, and $3.2 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Mainline Expansion. All three projects are integral to supporting the Port of Prince Rupert’s anticipated trade growth.
Building Economic Prosperity
Natural attributes paired with industry-leading efficiency have translated into years of solid performance for Prince Rupert—and the promise for much more in the years to come.
Fairview Terminal Hits 1 Million TEU Milestone
With 1.35 million TEUs of capacity since the completion of Fairview Phase 2 North, the Fairview Container Terminal handled the largest annual volume of cargo to-date, reaching a record 1,036,009 TEUs handled in 2018. The Terminal, and intermodal volumes in general, have seen substantial year-over-year growth since the container business began in Prince Rupert in 2007. Forecasting and expansion plans indicate that that growth trend is expected to continue far into the future, facilitating Canadian trade through BC’s northern gateway.
Prince Rupert Grain Supporting Agri Exports
The Prince Rupert Grain Terminal continued to handle strong volumes of Canadian grain from producers across the Prairies, supporting thousands of jobs in Canada’s agri-food sector. Although overall bulk shipment volumes fell marginally in 2018, with over 5.4 million tonnes in total throughput, agricultural products remain a strong sector for the Port of Prince Rupert. The supply chain for this product category is evolving to rely on multiple modes of transport and some bulk shipments are diverting to containerization.
Westview Terminal Reaches Over 1 Million tonnes
The Westview Wood Pellet Terminal continued to establish itself as Western Canada’s gateway for biofuel. The terminal saw a sixth consecutive year of growth at Westview Wood Pellet Terminal with over 1.2 million tonnes of biofuel shipped to Europe and Asia. In 2018, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, the terminal owner and operator, made investments in a new production facility in Smithers, BC, to convert wood waste into biofuel and fuel capacity at Canada's first dedicated wood pellet export facility.
First Full Year for Ray-Mont Logistics in Prince Rupert
The first full year of operation for Ray-Mont Logistics’ agriculture transload facility on Ridley Island has provided a new value-added service to Canadian agricultural producers and has significantly contributed to the continued growth of exports through the Fairview Container Terminal. The transload operation takes delivery of Canadian agri-food products, including pulses, meal pellets, wheat and soya beans, arriving by rail and transloads them into containers for export - a process that employs 50 people and has capacity to ship over one million tonnes through Fairview Container Terminal every year. In addition, the new transload facility has significantly spurred on supplier businesses like trucking and ancillary services.
Ridley Terminal Sees a Boost
The recovery in metallurgical coal prices continues. Local exports through Ridley Terminals Inc. are primarily driven by mines in northeast British Columbia communities like Wolverine Mine in Tumbler Ridge and the Brule and Willow Creek Mines near Chetwynd. Coal derived from northeast BC is of the highest grade metallurgical coal in the world and highly sought after by international customers primarily for the production of steel.
Cruise coasts in 2018
Prince Rupert's Northland Terminal saw nearly 9,000 cruise passengers visit the community during the 2018 season with 23 vessel calls. Despite the dip, improvements to Prince Rupert's export-ready travel experiences like the completion of Rushbrook Trail and the forming of a local business committee to offer shore excursions, as well as tourism infrastructure improvements like the Northland Terminal Promenade continue to provide strong appeal for cruise lines.
A coordinated effort between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and its many partners ensures management over every vessel, ensuring round-the-clock safeguards. The result has been the evolution of a global reputation for navigational safety. As the number of vessels calling on the Port continues to grow over the next decade, maintaining that reputation continues to be a top priority.
Our practices and procedures keep vessels moving safely and goods flowing securely. Working closely with a variety of partners, the Prince Rupert Port Authority exerts positive control over the harbour and ensures round-the-clock safeguards.
Port Security & Emergency Operations Centre
The new, state-of-the-art Port Security Operations Centre had its first full year of operation. The new centre has improved round-the-clock monitoring of port properties and the Prince Rupert Harbour and has enhanced PRPA's ability to mobilize coordinated responses to any incidents within our jurisdiction. Full operational capacity of the Emergency Operations Centre was demonstrated during a Canadian Coast Guard spill response drill exercise in October 2018
Tide and Current Sensors
Collaboration with the Canadian Hydrographic Services resulted in the installation of two new tide sensors and a current sensor at the Port’s Roll-On-Roll-Off facility, bringing the total number of tide sensors PRPA has deployed in the Prince Rupert area to four and the total number of current sensors to one. The two new tide sensors and the new current sensor are transmitting live data via Government of Canada/Department of Firsheries and Oceans websites, while the original two tide sensors continue to transmit live data via PRPA’s website.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) Initiative
The Prince Rupert Port Authority embarked on an Automatic Identification System (AIS) initiative, in conjunction with shore-based radar, in 2017 to improve vessel visibility. AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on vessels to allow other mariners and authorities, like Marine Communication and Traffic Services and the Canadian Coast Guard, to properly identify vessel name, speed, course and bearing, to help reduce collision potential and enhance overall harbour safety. On a volunteer basis, 25 Class B AIS units were installed on local fishing and passenger vessels in 2018, providing first-hand traffic data.
Safe Boating Program and Community Outreach
A concerted effort in 2018 saw the Marine Operations team actively participating in a wide range of community events and activities focused on Harbour user safety and education. This included a no wake zone and boater safety awareness campaign, as well as the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Port Edward Harbour Association spill kit distribution program.
One trade we'll never make: exchanging our future for short-term gain. Our current success is rooted in decades of ambitious yet practical planning and is reflected in the careful consideration we apply to every project and program we activate. The result is a growing gateway that supports an extensive workforce, abundant opportunities and a robust regime of environmental safeguards.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority emphasizes long-term planning, integrating activities and proactive partnerships. As we prepare for new terminal developments and growth in vessel traffic, ensuring a balance between industry and environment is a key measure of our success.
North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative
In partnership with DP World and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, our port established a funding collaboration to continue the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative in Prince Rupert. Starting in 2014, the program involves research, community and school engagement, and helps to promote the Sightings Network in northern BC. Scientific research projects include data collection on local harbour porpoises, a humpback whale catalogue and ongoing marine mammal surveys. An annual Whale Festival, hosted in partnership with the North Coast Ecology Centre, has engaged students and the community to bring awareness to ocean mammals and general knowledge of the coastal area.
Activation of the Whale Report Alert System
Through a collaboration between the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Ocean Wise, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada, BC Ferries, BC Coast Pilots, Pacific Pilotage Authority, and others, the west coast of Canada now has a common system in place based on the real-time sharing of whale sighting data available to mariners. Sightings from observers are pushed out in real time to professional mariners, vessel captains and others through a mobile app so that they are aware of any ocean mammals nearby and can take action to reduce or minimize disturbance.
Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring
In late 2018, the Prince Rupert Port Authority established a dedicated air quality monitoring station at Fairview Terminal to monitor NOx, SOx, PM, and Ozone. In addition, NOx measurement capacity was added to the Westview air quality monitoring station; this station has been in operation since 2014. Of note, for all of the data gathered in 2018, all emissions levels were recorded far below current and future air quality objectives in BC and Canada. The real time data from the Fairview station is publicly available through the BC Ministry of Environment website. These monitoring station enhancements will inform a long-term air quality data set.
Emissions Inventory and Reduction
The Port of Prince Rupert has undertaken an annual energy and emissions inventory since 2010. The inventory has been consistently developed in collaboration with all of the port tenants and users to establish baseline information and inform proactive initiatives to support reductions in energy consumption and total emissions. The Port of Prince Rupert currently has several emission reduction programs in place. These are: Green Wave vessel incentive program, no idling policy for container trucks entering Fairview Terminal, Clean Truck Program (real-time monitoring of drayage truck activity), electrification of equipment, and improved port design and infrastructure.
2018 Green Marine Program
Green Marine is a standardized certification program for environmental performance across the North American marine industry. The Port of Prince Rupert became the first west coast port to join the Green Marine environmental program in 2010. PRPA underwent independent third-party verification in 2018 and was certified and rated in the following performance areas (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being 'excellence in leadership'): Aquatic Invasive Species, Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollutants (4), Spill Prevention (5), Community Impacts (5), Environmental Leadership (5), Waste Management (4), and Underwater Noise (3).
Environmental Stewardship Certification
The Prince Rupert Port Authority is proud of our third party certification achievements as it relates to environmental stewardship. In addition to certification in a number of key performance metrics of the Green Marine program, PRPA received Climate Smart certification in 2018. Climate Smart is a well-recognized BC program that works with organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides criteria for certification standards. The Prince Rupert Port Authority organization has been carbon neutral since 2015.
Environmental Stewardship Partnerships
The Port Environmental Stewardship Committee provides a forum for data sharing, communication and collaboration. It is comprised of Port partners like tenants and port users, First Nations, government agencies, NGOs, academics, proponents, and community members. Various port programs used working groups from the committee to provide advice, direction and to collaborate on projects like the Marine Mammal Program, ShoreZone Mapping, the Pollution Tracker program, the Aquatic Invasive Species initiative, and shoreline clean-ups, to name a few.
Commitment to Community
The success of our trade gateway results in continuous improvements to the health and cohesion of northwest British Columbia. We take pride in ensuring our operations reflect local values and that a significant portion of our resources are allocated back into our communities. To achieve this, we have created programs and initiatives that keep residents informed and provide funding to local improvement projects that contribute to longterm community vitality.
As we grow, we do it with an eye on sustainability and environmental protection. We are guided in all of our activities by the key principles of pollution prevention, environmental integrity, efficient use of resources, and continuous improvement. With these in mind, our operations demonstrate respect – for the environment, our neighbours and future generations.
Export Development Support
PRPA launched its Export Development Fund (EDF) in March 2018. The program serves to support the planning, development and implementation of economic development opportunities along the Highway 16 corridor. The EDF aims to assist eligible organizations with research and feasibility studies essential to identifying and assessing new intermodal export opportunities that would potentially grow through the Port of Prince Rupert. The first project to be approved under the program is the Skeena Industrial Development Park Investment Attraction and Marketing Strategy, a partnership with the City of Terrace.
Port Interpretive Centre/Visitor Centre
Now in its 7th year of operation, the Port Interpretive Centre welcomed over 37,000 visitors in 2018 to explore the products, vessels and economic impact of the Port of Prince Rupert’s trade gateway. In partnership with Tourism Prince Rupert, the space is also home to Prince Rupert's Visitor Information Centre, providing tourists with timely information about the community and the many activities and attractions that it offers.
Community Investment Fund
Each year, we earmark a share of our income for local projects that contribute to the region’s quality of life and create long-lasting benefits. Since 2009, over 10 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make over 67 new local projects come to life. The program has enabled local improvement projects to take place every year in the Prince Rupert area. Each of these projects fills an important role in the support of sports, recreation, performing arts, healthcare, education, the environment and other needs in the community.
We are committed to creating opportunities for future generations to prosper in their own communities. One way we demonstrate this is through the Learning Gateway, which provides educational resources designed to engage students in K to 12 in learning about the port’s role in international trade and the diverse career opportunities it supports. We also partner with local education providers to increase local programming available for students and residents. Whether that’s promoting literacy with our Read With the Rampage program that brings local hockey heroes into classrooms, or sponsoring the introduction of new skilled trades training, we are dedicated to improving educational excellence in the communities we operate.
Community Information Forum
Community understanding of Port activities is essential and we strive to maintain open dialogue and engagement. One way we do this is through regular sessions of our Community Information Forums, wherein local stakeholder groups share in information about the Port's operations and tackle issues in the communities in which we operate. Since 2017, coastal Tsimshian communities like Lax Kwa'alaams and Kitkatla have had a platform to participate. This helps the Port Authority ensure that our operations and developments are aligned with the interests of residents in our region of northwest BC.
Local community development is an imperative for us. The people of Prince Rupert and its neighbouring communities are what make our operations possible and are invaluable partners in our efforts to keep this region healthy and sustainable future generations. Over the last 10 years, we’ve helped enable more than 65 local improvement projects that enhance the quality of life on BC’s North Coast: arts organizations, civic projects, recreational clubs, education initiatives, and more.
Pineridge Park Accessible Playground Project
PRPA contributed $37,500 to the Pineridge Elementary School's Parent Advisory Council to create an accessible playground that ensures all children and families feel included and can participate in the fun. Pineridge's Accessible Playground Project includes an interactive play space that features tactile and sensory exploration equipment for people with mobility issues. In addition to Pineridge students, the playground is actively used by the Strong Start program, various daycare programs, and youth from all around the community.
Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club's Recreational Program Enhancement Project
The Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club, PRPA and School District 52 teamed up to provide a new training program for youth rugby and the Charles Hays Secondary rugby teams. The Port Authority invested $24,215 into the project. The collaborative development of the youth rugby program provides new training and field equipment, a new storage container, and 'Rookie Rugby' resource kits which includes training curriculum, drills, lesson plans, and game information designed to improve the development of youth rugby in schools.
Northern Health Authority Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine Project
Through the Community Investment Fund and other partner contributions, the Medical Imaging Department of Prince Rupert General Hospital was able to purchase a new diagnostic ultrasound machine. This equipment helps local physicians to assess and diagnose a variety of conditions and helps provide residents of Prince Rupert and surrounding coastal communities with timely and efficient health care. PRPA contributed $72,500 to the project.
Harbour Theatre Society’s Tom Rooney Playhouse Stage Replacement
The Tom Rooney Playhouse, Prince Rupert's “home of live theatre,” gained a new main stage to ensure that it can continue to delight residents of all ages in productions throughout the year. The Rooney Playhouse is an integral part of the local arts scene, and contributes to the health, vibrancy and prosperity of our entire community. The stage replacement project was spearheaded by the Harbour Theatre Society and PRPA contributed $8,500.
Rushbrook Trail Revitalization Project
On July 14th, Rushbrook Trail officially re-opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that saw hundreds of enthusiastic residents rediscover the northeast section of Prince Rupert Harbour following the completion of a major rehabilitation project enabled, in part, through the Community Investment Fund. The 1.2 kilometre walkway runs adjacent to the north end of Prince Rupert's inner harbour, linking Rushbrook Floats to Seal Cove and providing unique waterfront access for the coastal community. The $835,000 financial commitment by PRPA is its single largest investment in any community project to date, underscoring the Port Authority's commitment to improving recreational waterfront access.
Employing Fiscal Integrity
Sound financial management drives the responsible stewardship of our resources. Each year, the Prince Rupert Port Authority releases its financial statements. The bottom line? These figures detail our organization’s committment to the sound and effective use of our assets, year after year.
These are the conditions we’re striving to create as we steward the incredible natural resource that is the Port of Prince Rupert. Thank you to our local communities, our shippers, supply chain partners, terminal operators, service contractors, and everyone else who made 2018 a success in each of those categories. A special thank you to the women and men on the water, in the terminals, and on the trains and trucks that are moving Canada’s trade through the Port of Prince Rupert. Together, we are Canada’s leading edge.
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