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Canada invests in Port of Prince Rupert to move goods to market

Christian Fernsby |
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced major investments for three projects to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert and move Canadian goods to international markets.

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Topics: CANADA    GOODS    MARKET   

The three projects totaling $153.7 million are part of the Government's long-term strategy of a stronger West Coast trade gateway. They will have substantial impact on the region's economy and are expected to create 3,100 jobs during construction.

The first project, led by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, is the building of a double-track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids.

It will increase rail capacity on key rail routes and accommodate growth in imports and exports at the Port of Prince Rupert while allowing trains to arrive and depart simultaneously across the expanded Zanardi Bridge.

The second project will provide additional rail capacity and reduce rail congestion to better serve the bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island.

It will contribute to the development of a hub to transfer shipments from one mode of transportation to another, which will improve the effectiveness of the supply chain for Canadian producers.

The third project, led by the Metlakatla Development Corporation, will develop land for import and export logistics facilities strategically located near the Fairview Terminal and a container yard.

These facilities will provide capacity adjacent to the Port from which to load and unload 175,000 twenty-foot containers [equivalent to more than 66,000 railcars] per year, increasing the region's trade growth and Port of Prince Rupert's overall efficiency.

Work includes clearing the site, and building roads, electrical and communications systems, water main installation, sanitary treatment facilities, and storm drainage.

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