Specifically, the South Kaien facility is the next phase of the port's expansion plans after an agreement between the Authority and DP World in 2018 on increasing the capacity of Fairview Terminal from 1.35 million TEU to 1.8 million by 2022.

Additionally, the Authority also considers the impact of the expansion project on operational efficiency, and optimization of construction sequencing to limit disruption.

President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Shaun Stevenson, noted

Conducting this work ensures we have a clear understanding of the future potential for terminal development and contributes to a vision for the future of our container business to respond to the growing market demand for capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert.

Moreover, additional factors also include reducing the human receptor impacts, as the effect of construction on air quality and possible noise pollution.

Both sites are in close proximity to export logistics operations on Ridley Island and are expected to integrate with this facility once construction of PRPA’s Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is completed in 2020.

Concluding, Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World in Canada Inc noted that DP World continues its plans on investing in terminal capacity, while he highlighted that DP supports the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s development vision.