January 24, 2006
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON PRINCE RUPERT CONTAINER TERMINAL
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia --The Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today that the Environmental Review for the conversion of the Fairview Terminal into an ultra-modern high capacity container-handling facility has been approved by the Government of Canada. This was an important milestone and the Port Authority will now proceed with terminal construction. A joint venture partnership of Fraser River Pile & Dredge and Western Industrial Contractors has been selected to complete the wharf construction, which is the first contract relating to the terminal development.
The marine portion of the Fairview Terminal conversion consists of extending the current dock face out into deep water through the construction of a new berth that will eventually be 400 metres long. This new wharf will extend 20 metres into the channel to a minimum water depth of 17 metres sufficient to accommodate the next generation of super post-panamax ships. The new wharf and upgrades to the existing substructure will support the installation of 3 super post-panamax container cranes. This construction of the terminal, including substructure upgrades and the wharf extension, is estimated to cost $110 million. The wharf contract represents roughly one-third of the construction budget.
Western Industrial Contractors of Prince George, B.C., will carry out the concrete and civil work of the marine portion of the project. The company will construct both the new deck and the structure to carry the new rails for three large container cranes to be installed at the terminal. Vancouver-based Fraser River Pile & Dredge Ltd. (FRPD) will complete the pile driving and related marine work.
â€œWe are very pleased to be in a position to proceed and see construction commence on the new terminal,â€