A new container examination facility at the former J.S. McMillan Fisheries’ site could eliminate the need for trucks to carry cargo through town.

New route for container trucks?

Trucks carrying large containers through downtown Prince Rupert on Second Avenue and McBride Street may be a thing of the past

Trucks carrying large containers through downtown Prince Rupert on Second Avenue and McBride Street may be a thing of the past, if the Port of Prince Rupert is able to achieve one of their long-term plans for a new container examination facility (CEF).

The port is exploring, but hasn’t formally engaged in the process to develop the former J.S. McMillan Fisheries’ cannery site, located beyond the end of Highway 16, west of Graham Avenue, into its new container examination facility.

“When we built Fairview Container Terminal back in 2006-07, we didn’t own that property at J.S. McMillan, so developing the [CEF] had to be done on port lands that were under our control. So Ridley Island was a logical place to do that at the time,” said port marketing and communications officer Kris Schumacher last week.

In 2011, when J.S. McMillan closed down, the port bought those lands and have been determining how best to use it with the close proximity to Fairview.

Currently, trucks transport containers flagged for inspection by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to the location at Ridley Island, carrying them through Park Avenue, Second Avenue and up McBride Street, through Highway 16 to its existing CEF.

To expedite that process and as part of ‘Phase Two’ of the Fairview expansion to try and bring the terminal’s capacity to 1.3 million TEUs, the former cannery site makes for an attractive option with respect to proximity.

However, the port advised city council in late June that with added housing on Graham Avenue and a newly-built road and roundabout connecting Graham Avenue and Park Avenue, proposed by Bryton Group for their Oceanview Development, there may be an influx of activity in possible residential areas should the CEF be developed in that area with added housing.

“It was just a conversation to let [the city] know when they were making changes to the official community plan, that it was simply to alert them to the fact that we will be exploring that later. In addition to having the CEF located there, there are a number of other uses that we could have [for that site]. One of those may be the relocation of our port security operations centre to that site and expanding that … [to be] more centralized and larger and a more sophisticated spot to house that rather than what we currently have at Atlin,” said Schumacher.

“The relocation of the CEF is one of many different improvements to the total intermodal service that we can offer through Fairview Container Terminal.”


Just Posted

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

VIDEO: Third Annual Fun Run

The Prince Rupert Runners Club held its third annual fun run Sunday

Prince Rupert Rampage come up short in Terrace

River Kings beat the Rampage 4-3 in overtime Saturday night

WEB POLL: Where are you getting your clean water?

Prince Rupert is under a boil water advisory for possibly a week, or longer

RCMP ask public to help find missing Prince Rupert man

Binh Tran has been missing since December 11

Grocery stores run out of water in Prince Rupert

Video on the boil water advisory, where to call, and where to find bottled water

Shop Prince Rupert is back

These businesses are all taking part in the Shop Prince Rupert event until December 21 at noon

Ryan Reynolds to narrate movie about B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver-born actor known for Deadpool movies will voice film to be released Feb. 15, 2019

Airline passengers could get up to $2,400 for delays, damaged bags: Canadian agency

Canadian Transportation Agency is releasing draft regulations for public feedback

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle and President Trump’s Twitter feed.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top; ‘Mortal Engines’ tanks

“Spider-Verse” has been very well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A+ CinemaScore.

Canadians spent almost $64,000 on goods and services in 2017

Households in B.C. each spent $71,001 with housing costs contributing to higher average

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally in Grande Prairie

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight on Friday, Dec. 21

Most Read