Fairview the focal point

When I arrived in town in 2006, the opening of Fairview Terminal was still more than a year away...

When I arrived in town in 2006, the opening of Fairview Terminal was still more than a year away, but the excitement for Prince Rupert’s entry into the global shipping community was thick in the air.

At least that was the case in Prince Rupert itself. The same could not be said, for the most part, when talking to “experts” in academia and industry.

It was largely thought that a small 500,000 TEU terminal in a small and remote North Coast community could not be competitive against such major centres as Vancouver, Seattle and Long Beach. Couple that with a largely unproven intermodal model that would see containers move from the ship onto trains before being moved across the border and global skepticism was almost equitable with local excitement.

After the announcement of another shipping line choosing to call on Prince Rupert, as outlined on the front page of last week’s Northern Connector, Fairview Terminal has proven to not only be competitive but appears to be top-of-mind for companies looking to get their goods from Asia into markets in North America.

If you have any doubt about the position our little terminal holds on the international stage, do a quick Google News search for Prince Rupert. What you will find is countless articles outlining the loss of traffic from ports in the United States to Fairview Terminal.

And, if reports prove to be true, the acquisition of Fairview Terminal by shipping giant DP World (which had yet to be confirmed by press time), that will only make Fairview even more top of mind.

After eight years of continued growth, the addition of another shipping line and the potential takeover by one of the largest terminal operators in the world, Prince Rupert isn’t just on the Asia-Pacific shipping map.

It’s quickly becoming the focal point of any discussions on the topic.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Smithers woman awarded $55K in RCMP excessive force suit

Irene Joseph alleged false arrest and assault and battery related to a 2014 incident in Smithers

Flooding highly unlikely this year throughout Skeena watershed

Region’s snowpack among lowest in the province

Why I will relay

Wings of fight

The outside COVID-19 wave

Workers wave hello to being outside

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read