Gateway 2020 - Port Development

With its strategic location, modern high-throughput terminals and the availability of vast industrial development property the Port of Prince Rupert offers unparalleled opportunities for expanding businesses. Through the regions priority sectors of Service Industries, Ports and Logistics and Secondary Manufacturing it’s an ideal home for businesses seeking new market opportunities.

About This Project

Prince Rupert has some of the most desirable industrial development property on tidewater in North America, ranging from light to heavy industrial. The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is working aggressively to further develop the port and capitalize on the inherent strategic advantages of a new gateway into the entire Northwest Transportation Corridor.

The Port of Prince Rupert’s proposed developments over the next 10 years will provide needed capacity to support Canada’s growing trade in the Asia pacific region and create 3940 person years of employment during the construction phase. The Port of Prince Rupert’s Gateway 2020 Vision outlines the development plans for the next 10 years. The plan includes;

Rail and Utility Corridor

The project will be constructed to include an access road, rail loop, utilities, onshore terminal infrastructure and marine components.The completion of this project will act as a catalyst for further developments at the Ridley Island Industrial Park. By providing vehicle and rail access as well as basic utilities to prospective users, the Prince Rupert Port Authority will be able to attract investments consistent with the 2020 Gateway Vision. For more information see the detailed project page here

Bulk Terminal 1 - Potash

The PRPA is in negotiations with Canpotex, an exporter of Saskatchewan potash, for the 80 acre site. Canpotex Terminal Limited’s proposed project consists of the construction and operation of a new potash terminal on Ridley Island in the Port of Prince Rupert BC. The $800 million project will be capable of exporting 13 million tonnes per year of potash at full build out. The proposal consists of a deepwater marine wharf access trestle, a 120,000 tonne potash storage shed with associated conveyor and dust collection systems, an automated railcar unloading and conveyor system and a settlement pond for storm water and wash down water. Click here for more information on this project.

Export/Import Logistics Park

The logistics park is intended to handle a small volume of high value goods which have a shelf life that needs re-routing. This cargo would arrive via containers from Asia. The logistics park is not intended to involve warehousing activities; instead, it will serve as transload point where goods are to be re-routed to reach into multiple markets. The purpose of the project to is to provide the flexibility in adding velocity and inventory turns. These goods will leave the area by expedited truck or air, or a combination thereof. The park might support a number of specialty firms, or a major logistics operator and a few smaller operators, something like an industrial park. The following products have been identified as possible targets markets for the initiative:

  • Agri-specialty Crops
  • Forest Products
  • Aluminum
  • Refrigerated Products / Cold Storage

Barge and Short Sea Shipping Terminal

The Barge / Short Sea Shipping Terminal will allow potential export products such as pulp and aluminum to be shipped from Alaska and Coastal B.C., and to allow the port to transfer freight such as project cargo to coastal communities.Automobile/Ro-Ro Terminal

There will be an Automobile/Ro-Ro Terminal located within the General Cargoes Facility. The primary activities at ro-ro terminals are typically driving vehicles off the vessel, conducting inspections and adding value (such as attaching side mirrors), and driving the vehicles onto rail cars.

General Cargoes Terminal

The General Cargoes Terminal will use 150 acres of space. The facility will have on-dock rail yard access and one to three berths. The General Cargo area will be able to handle break bulk commodities and project cargo (related to mining, forestry, oil and gas pipe, industrial upgrades and wind farms). Break bulk are products like steel wire and rods or lumber which is bundled but not containerized. Potential cargoes would be steel products in-bound and forestry products outbound. Project cargo refers to movement of extraordinary cargoes such as construction materials or machinery.

Bulk Terminal 2

Bulk Terminal 2 will be constructed on 100 acres, with access to one to two berths via causeway access. The terminal would require a rail loop configuration and could be for specific use or shared use. The operations at this site would likely be comparable to Bulk Terminal 1, except that additional products would be handled. Bulk Terminal 2 is intended to handle dry bulk cargo such as the following:

  • Potash
  • Sulphur
  • Concentrates
  • Wood Pellets
  • Iron Ore
  • Cement
  • Aggregates

Bulk Terminal 3

Bulk Terminal 3 (Liquid Bulk) will be a tank farm measuring approximately 100 acres, with the average tank size of 50,000 LT. This will be a common user facility and can handle both import and export goods. Bulk Terminal 3 is intended to handle liquid bulk goods such as the following:

  • Oil Trans-shipment
  • Agri Oils
  • Caustic Soda
  • Ethanol
  • Bunker

Implementation of the Ridley Island Development Plan is to begin once environmental assessments and regulatory requirements are complete and is projected to be completed over a 10-year timeframe. The Plan’s objective is to enable the Port of Prince Rupert to vastly increase import and export capacity by 2020, in order to accommodate the increased demands from Asia. The result of the Gateway 2020 Vision will be an integrated and innovative gateway offering unique strategic advantages.

Project Status

Estimate Investment
$2.5 Billion

Estimated Project Start Date

Estimated Completion Date


Proponent Contact

Shaun Stevenson
VP Marketing and Business Development
Prince Rupert Port Authority

Tel: 250-627-8899

Economic Development Contact

Paul Vendittelli
Economic Development Officer
City of Prince Rupert

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