The Port of Prince Rupert’s successful Fairview Container Terminal is encouraging changes in port operations south of the border.
Port spokesman Michael Gurney says the success of the north coast operation prompted the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to formally unite, creating the third-largest marine cargo complex in North America.
Gurney says the merger of the two Washington State ports is an effort to replicate the success Prince Rupert has experienced with the Fairview operation.
According to Gurney, the shipping industry is intrigued by the so-called “Rupert model,” and the interest prompted a Seattle-area news crew to profile the city and its busy container terminal.
He says the Rupert model sees trains go directly into the port, and containers can be moved efficiently from ship to train.
Geography is another factor for the Port of Prince Rupert’s success, because the location is closer to Asia for shipping, and has good rail connections to the rest of the continent.
Gurney says the merger of the Seattle and Tacoma ports won’t take away their focus on their own operations.
The Port of Prince Rupert is expanding with phase 2 of its Fairview Container Terminal expansion.
It’s approximately 50% complete and is set to open in 2017.