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Prince Rupert Port to get radar

Prince Rupert Port to get radar

The Port of Prince Rupert is getting the ability to see far, far away.

The port authority announced on Friday, July 30 that a federal investment will allow the installment of a shore-based radar regime.

The radar will be able to see as far as the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii and the Alaskan border, and it can pick up vessels as small as kayaks within the inner harbour.

Michael Gurney is with the port, and he says safety is the main reason why the port authority decided to install the radar system.

The port is forecasting growth in traffic between Canada and Asia-Pacific markets, necessitating better monitoring of shipping.

The port authority, the RCMP, as well as the Coast Guard will all have access to the radar data.

The system is expected to be operational by the Fall 2016, with three tower sites.

Western Economic Diversification Canada will invest $2 million in the $5 million project.

Ongoing operation and maintenance of the radar system will be provided by the Coast Guard.

Installation of the new radar system towers and equipment will begin in the upcoming weeks.

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