PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.–The Prince Rupert Port Authority has welcomed the vessel Columbine Maersk, part of the newest marine carrier alliance to add a weekly service at the Fairview Container Terminal.
The 2M Alliance of Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line (a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, based in Copenhagen) has added the Port of Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call to its amended TP8 transpacific service. The service made its first call in Prince Rupert seven days ago when the MSC Rania berthed at Fairview Terminal.
“The addition of the 2M Alliance as a dedicated marine carrier service is another milestone in the unprecedented growth we’ve achieved at Fairview Container Terminal since it began operation in 2007,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “This new service is a validation of the advantages our port has brought to transpacific trade, and we look forward to building relationships with MSC and Maersk—and the many new customers that will benefit from the supply chain solution offered through our gateway.”
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.