- Containerized Dry Bulk Handling Project
- Fairview Terminal Expansion
- Centerm Expansion Project
- Phase 1
- Stage 1A Project
- Stage 1B Project
- Phase 1
DP World Fraser Surrey is proposing to utilize specialized revolving heads on up to three existing gantry cranes in order to facilitate the handling of containerized dry bulk cargoes at their DP World – Fraser Surrey Site. DP World anticipates handling a wide range of containerized dry bulk cargoes, which include, but are not limited to copper concentrate, potash, zinc and lead concentrates. The utilization of the specialized revolving heads would allow cargoes to be handled more efficiently. A mobile dust suppression unit fitted around the rim of the vessel hatch would emit water mist to prevent dust from escaping the hold of the vessel.
Acquiring new revolving heads for the existing container gantry cranes –the new heads would be capable of rotating a specialized container, positioning it directly within the hold of the vessel and opening it to empty the contents.
- Temporarily replacing the standard spreader heads of the gantry cranes used for unloading containers with the specialized revolving heads.
- The specialized containers are informally referred to as “rotainers” or “rotoboxes” that open on the top rather than on the ends as conventional containers do.
- Existing equipment in the container yard would be used to move the “rotainers” in the same manner as existing container volumes.
- Fitting a mobile dust suppression unit around the rim of the vessel hatch –the unit would emit a vapour wall to prevent dust from escaping the hold of the vessel.
- The mobile dust suppression unit would connect to existing water supply services on site.
Initial containerized bulk cargoes would be copper concentrate. DP World anticipates handling other containerized bulk cargoes through the terminal. Bulk cargoes that may move through the terminal include but are not limited to:
- Copper concentrate (initial volumes)
- Wood pellets and chips
- Lead concentrate
- Zinc concentrate
Please note – all dry bulk cargoes will be fully contained until they are discharged from the vessel. All processing occurs offsite. DP World Fraser Surrey is responsible only for transferring the dry bulk shipment from the container to the hold of the vessel.
What is copper concentrate?
Copper concentrate is the first commercial product of the copper production line and is composed of approximately equal parts of copper, iron and sulfide. Concentrates are the raw material for all copper smelters, which by processing it obtain an impure form of metallic copper, anode or blister copper, which is later used to produce high purity refined copper. The production of concentrates implies the crushing and later milling of the ore down to a particle size allows releasing copper by flotation. The concentrates from different regions have approximately between 24% up to 36% of copper. Copper concentrates are then submitted to a final filtration and drying process to decrease the humidity to 8-9%.
The mobile dust suppression unit will be used to mitigate any “fugitive” dust.
How does the mobile dust suppression system work?
While fugitive dust is not anticipated during the loading operations, a mobile dust suppressions system will be used as an additional preventative measure. The system will be installed around the hatch of the hold in the bulk vessel hold prior to unloading of the containers. This system acts as a barrier to further mitigate any fugitive dust emissions from the loading process by continuously spraying a fine mist of water fog from each of the four sides of the ship’s hold and across the top of the ship’s hold during the inverting of the container. This system requires less water than a conventional water spray system and is estimated to use approximately 40 litres of water per hour. It is compatible with the range of products under consideration to move through the terminal.
Will there be increased noise and construction?
This project does not require physical works or construction, and increased noise is not anticipated.
Project Timeline: Early 2021 to Fall/Winter 2021
Work Hours: DP World Fraser Surrey is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation. This project should not impact these hours.
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With the fastest connection from Asia to North American markets, Prince Rupert plays a critical role in getting Canadians the goods they need.
The Fairview Container Terminal was the first dedicated intermodal (ship to rail) container terminal in North America when it began operation in 2007. The terminal has grown to become a major trans-Pacific trade gateway with a global reputation for speed, reliability and reach.
DP World Prince Rupert has been operating the Fairview Container Terminal since 2015. Since that time, cargo volumes have grown more than 35% from approximately 700,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to over 1 million TEUs last year. Significant investments in personnel, terminal infrastructure, and equipment have been made to achieve this growth which supports local direct and indirect employment as well as increasing volumes of Canadian and international trade.
To support further growth and market demand additional investments in the Prince Rupert Fairview terminal are underway in two stages:
- The Stage 1A Project, which is currently underway will increase the terminal’s sustainable capacity to 1.6 million TEUs
- The Stage 1B Project, which is currently in the planning and permitting phase will further increase the terminal’s sustainable capacity to 1.8 million TEUs
The growth of the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert is projected to result in a substantial increase in direct employment as terminal volumes grow.
The construction of the Stage 1A Project is currently in progress.
Key project components include:
- Expansion of the container yard to the south of the existing terminal
- The installation of Canada’s largest quay crane (completed in June 2021)
- Investments in additional mobile equipment
- A direct connection to the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor to eliminate container truck traffic through downtown Prince Rupert.
The Stage 1A Project is forecast to be complete mid-2022. Additional information on the Stage 1A Project and the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor Project can be accessed through the links below.
The Stage 1B Project is currently in the planning and permitting stage.
Key project components include:
- Relocation of the terminal site services, maintenance, and administration facilities
- Expansion of the intermodal rail yard
- Expansion of the container yard
- Expanded personal vehicle parking for terminal employees
- Reconfiguration of terminal access, CN rail line and Southern portion of Fairview Small Craft Harbour
Construction of the Stage 1B Project is planned to commence in 2023 with completion scheduled in 2024. Additional information on the Stage 1B Project can be accessed through the links below.
The original terminal had a sustainable capacity of 500,000 TEUs per annum. However, within a few years of opening, annual volumes approached 800,000 TEUs.
As a result of the significant growth in volumes the next phase of development, referred to as Phase 2 North, began construction in February 2015 and was completed in late 2017.
The Phase 2 North Expansion included a second berth north of the existing berth, land fill at the north end to create additional container storage, additional rail track in the intermodal yard and upgrades to the container yard.
The Fairview Phase 2B project follows the 2017 completion of the Fairview Phase 2 North Expansion, which increased the terminal capacity by 500,000 TEUs to its current capacity of 1.35 million TEUs. The Phase 2B Projects, which includes Stages 1A and 1B, will deliver a 40% increase to the container yard capacity, a 21% increase to the intermodal yard and a new 4-lane truck gate which will connect the terminal to the new Fairview-Ridley Connector Road (Fairview-Ridley). The Fairview-Ridley project being delivered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, will remove all terminal truck traffic from downtown Prince Rupert, and provide a more efficient connection to industrial port facilities located on Ridley Island. The Fairview-Ridley corridor provides additional rail siding infrastructure to support efficient rail operations and the forecast growth in trans-Pacific trade through Prince Rupert.
The Centerm Expansion Project is an ambitious undertaking that will add much needed capacity and increase efficiency to better serve our customers’ needs. This project also includes the South Shore Access Project, which will see the remodeling of our terminal access. We are growing so we can meet Canada’s increasing demand for goods shipped through the Port of Vancouver.
Two new Super-Post-Panamax cranes will increase the terminal’s annual container handling capacity from 900,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs by 2022. The berth length will be increased by 75 meters (12% increase) and 2 Neo-Panamax Quay Cranes will be added. We are also enhancing the capacity of the Gates, Container Yard (27% increase) and Rail Yard (88% increase).
- Increased terminal capacity.
- Reconfiguration of the terminal intermodal yard will extend the existing tracks.
- Improvements to port roads will improve goods movement and access along the entire South Shore port area and will eliminate road and rail conflicts in the terminal.
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