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40 jobs estimated for new agricultural port operation

A new container loading operation on Ridley Island will receive agricultural crops such as lentils, peas, soybeans, wheat and flax by rail to be transferred to ocean containers and exported at the Fairview Container Terminal. - Contributed: Pixabay
A new container loading operation on Ridley Island will receive agricultural crops such as lentils, peas, soybeans, wheat and flax by rail to be transferred to ocean containers and exported at the Fairview Container Terminal.
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The port authority estimates 40 new job positions to operate a containerized cargo facility being added to Ridley Island this fall.

The facility by Ray-Mont Logistics will help bring Canadian crops to international markets while expanding the Port of Prince Rupert’s intermodal freight transportation system.

Ray-Mont Logistics will develop its container loading operation on the south end of the Ridley Island. The new facility will receive agricultural crops such as lentils, peas, soybeans, wheat and flax by rail to be transferred to ocean containers and exported at the Fairview Container Terminal.

“It is our pleasure to be working with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and its partners to establish a new transload facility in the Port of Prince Rupert, and continue to pioneer efficient services for connecting North American crops to overseas customers,” said Charles Raymond, president and CEO of Ray-Mont Logistics International.

“Our core values of quality, flexibility and innovation are reflected in the strategic vision being executed by the Port of Prince Rupert, and we look forward to adding this valuable service to the Prince Rupert supply chain later this year.”

The ten-acre facility will be situated on the recently-constructed road, rail and utility corridor. There will be a rail loop corridor with more than 100 rail cars, a grain dumper pit and a conveyance system. The pulses and cereal product will be unloaded through a conveyor and unloading system.

Clearing of the site begins this week, and IDL Projects, on behalf of Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractor Alliance, will aim to have the facility operational this fall, in time for the 2017/18 crop year.

“We’re excited to partner with Ray-Mont Logistics to create a Canadian trade solution for high-value, high demand agricultural products,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“This exciting development is another important step advancing the expansion of intermodal logistics services with our partners CN and DP World to meet the growing demand of Canadian exporters seeking to capitalize on the advantages of the Port of Prince Rupert in reaching their global markets.”

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