Business in brief: Dec. 14

Fairview container terminal expansion hits 75% threshold, air ambulance flights resume

Fairview hits 75% threshold

Fairview Container Terminal’s expansion to add a second berth and three more cranes, and expand the terminal’s capacity by 500,000 TEUs has hit its 75 per cent completion rate.

The project, started in early 2015, will increase the capacity of the terminal to more than 1.35 million TEUs per annum and involves dredging and constructing a 155m long and 40m wide piled concrete wharf, reclaiming three hectares of land at the north end of the terminal, the construction of a mooring dolphin and walkway, the excavation and construction of a container park east of the terminal, and installing additional rails and cranes on the new wharf extension.

“Prince Rupert’s container business has experienced rapid growth since the opening of Fairview Container Terminal. This project is the continued evolution of our fast and reliable trans-Pacific service,” said Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “The expansion of our intermodal operations answers growing interest from North American shippers that are capitalizing on the Prince Rupert advantage.”

In March 2017, three Malacca-max dock gantry cranes will be installed to make Prince Rupert big ship-ready, capable of working with the largest vessels in the world.

It is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.

Air ambulance flights resume

Helijet flights have been restored to all medical helipads in the province.

Last spring, Transport Canada raised questions regarding the safety of landing sites at seven hospitals and Helijet would carry patients to nearby landing sites, where they would then be brought to the hospital by ground ambulance.

BC Emergency Health Services announced on Dec. 1 that Transport Canada had approved of a  new manual supplement for the Sikorsky helicopters used by Helijet and the air ambulance flights have been fully restored to all helipads in B.C.