The Port of Prince Rupert is strategically located directly on the Great Circle Route, and serves as the North American entry point of the North West Transportation Corridor, linking the fast-growing Asian markets to one of the world's largest industrial and consumer powerhouses. With modern high-throughput terminals and the availability of vast industrial development property, Prince Rupert offers shippers and producers many competitive advantages to move their cargo with unparalleled reliability, speed and efficiency.
Prince Rupert is also Canada's second largest West Coast port and is situated on the shortest land/sea route to the US Midwest. Access to CN Rail's high capacity northern mainline provides land connections to the rest of North America via the lowest grades through the Rocky Mountains. Port facilities feed directly into the Northwest Transportation Corridor, a modern rail and road network engineered and built to carry massive volumes. CN's outstanding on-time delivery record and Prince Rupert's throughput capabilities mean this dedicated partnership can give customers unprecedented single-line connections to major distribution centers across Canada, the United States and into Mexico.
Prince Rupert Strategic Advantages
The Port of Prince Rupert enjoys many strategic advantages that translate into competitive advantages for companies doing business with us:
- Closest North American West Coast port to Asia by up to three days
- Superior uncongested rail and road connections mean efficient access to the entire North American continent, including cargo transit time to Chicago in less than 100 hours
- The deepest harbour in North America with year-round ice-free access that can accommodate the largest of vessels
- Safe, sheltered and unfettered access from international shipping lanes
- Exceptional community and labour support
- Significant capacity for growth
Containerization has quickly evolved into the primary mode of shipping cargo globally, and Prince Rupert, in partnership with CN Rail and Maher Terminals, is taking advantage of this business opportunity. The 750,000-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) Prince Rupert Container Terminal is one of the most efficient facilities on the continent. The terminal has opened a new Asia-North America high-speed gateway, the first transpacific trade corridor to be created in a hundred years.
The surging Asian trade is projected to increase container volumes by 300 per cent into North America by 2020. To meet this demand, plans are underway to rapidly expand capacity. Phase 2 expansion of the Prince Rupert Container Terminal will quadruple the terminal's capacity to two million TEUs.
Advanced, High Throughput Terminals
The Port of Prince Rupert's terminals are among the most modern and best-equipped in Canada, offering fast, efficient service for loading products. Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. is a high-throughput grain terminal for exporting Canada Wheat Board grains such as wheat and barley. Ridley Terminals Inc. is a highly efficient bulk terminal handling export coal, petroleum coke and wood pellets from Western Canada. Both facilities have additional capacity to increase their throughputs.
First Class Cruise Facilities
The Northland Cruise Terminal, constructed in 2004, is accommodating a growing number of large cruise ships calling on Prince Rupert as part of the Alaska cruise program. In 2007, nearly 100,000 passengers disembarked in Prince Rupert to explore "where Canada's wilderness begins." Atlin Terminal is the Port Authority's small ship cruise terminal, located in the eclectic Cow Bay area of Prince Rupert's waterfront.
The Port of Prince Rupert is poised to undergo substantial growth and economic expansion. Regions along the northern transportation corridor, as well as businesses that establish operations in the Prince Rupert area will also benefit from the transformational infrastructure being created as a result of this new express gateway anchored by the Port.