PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.–Maersk Line is the newest marine carrier to add a weekly service at the Fairview Container Terminal, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced Monday.
Maersk has added the Port of Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call to its amended TP8 transpacific service, which will make its first call in Prince Rupert this autumn. The addition of this containerized cargo service expands the reach of Asia-North American trade through the Port of Prince Rupert to new markets and shippers, noted the release.
Prince Rupert is the closest major North American port to Asia with direct access to CN’s Class 1 continental rail network. Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has anchored an efficient trade lane providing extensive reach into both central Canada and the US Midwest.
In seven years of operation, traffic through the Fairview Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America. In 2014, container volume was up 15% over 2013 volumes. Fairview Container Terminal has a current capacity of 850,000 TEUs annually, and a recently-announced second phase expansion that will bring capacity to 1.35 million TEUs. The ongoing expansion project is expected to be finished by mid-2017, said the release.