The Port of Prince Rupert broke a record this week with the help of the COSCO Himalayas, the largest container ship to ever dock at a Canadian port.
The 366-metre ship — which is 76 metres longer than the height of Canada’s tallest building — sailed to the Fairview Container Terminal on Nov. 14 and was worked on before departing on Nov. 19.
The newly constructed @COSCOSHPGLines Himalayas is currently alongside @DP_World #PrinceRupert's Fairview Container Terminal. With a capacity of 14,500 TEUs, the Himalayas is the largest container ship to ever call on a Canadian port! #smalltownbigport pic.twitter.com/u02sGXowVv
— Prince Rupert Port (@rupertport) November 18, 2017
“This is an exciting milestone as we see these bigger ships come in,” Shaun Stevenson, the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s vice president of trade, said. “We’re big ship ready and set to go further as we look ahead to 2018.
“I think it represents our continued growth and expansion. This represents a big step forward to handling large ships. We expect to see more in the future.”
While the COSCO Himalayas was docked in Prince Rupert, the terminal operators worked on a second vessel, Paxi container ship, side-by-side. The other, Stevenson said, was still large by Canadian standards.
Great photo of the @COSCOSHPGLines Himalayas and Paxi container ships being worked simultaneously at @DP_World #PrinceRupert's Fairview Container Terminal. With a 14,500 TEU capacity, the Himalayas is the largest container ship to ever call on a Canadian port! #smalltownbigport pic.twitter.com/hmBJRIU7ch
— Prince Rupert Port (@rupertport) November 20, 2017
In the last week, DP World has been finishing the final components of the terminal’s expansion, which will bring the capacity for shipping containers from 850,000 to 1.35 million containers. They’ve also been working to expand rail capacity.
Last month, Stevenson said the port handled a near-record volume of containers at 12 less than their highest recorded capacity.
— Prince Rupert Port (@rupertport) November 17, 2017