Vancouver gets ridesharing – what will it do to a heavily congested city?

Vancouver gets ridesharing – what will it do to a heavily congested city?

By R. Bruce Striegler

After tolerating the dubious distinction of being the only major location in North America where ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft have been prevented from operating, residents and visitors to British Columbia will soon have the option of using a rideshare service to get where they’re going. In July this year, the government of British Columbia announced its regulations on licensing and insurance for rideshare firms to operate in B.C., while inviting companies to apply to operate through the Passenger Transportation Board. Claire Trevena, the Province’s Transportation Minister, said, “Our plan has made it possible for ride-hailing companies to apply to enter the market this fall, with vehicles on the road later this year, while ensuring the safety of passengers and promoting accessibility options in the industry.” She continued, saying, “British Columbians have been asking and waiting for these services after more than five years of delay by the former government. We took action to allow for the services people want and we’re delivering on that promise.” What the Minister didn’t say in her announcement was that on top of the five years of waiting under the previous government, the public further waited another three years under her government. (more…)

Prince Rupert port growth poised to double over next decade

Prince Rupert port growth poised to double over next decade

On track to set yet another record for annual cargo volumes, growth in cargo volumes at Port of Prince Rupert show no sign of slowing down. That keeps the Port on a trajectory that started more than a decade ago when volumes were about half the present level of about 25 million tonnes, and which port officials expect to double again to 50 million tonnes annually by 2030. “That’s what we believe we will be handling in 2030, both through growth through existing capacity, expanded terminals and new terminal development, and also the diversification of what capabilities we have,” said Shaun Stevenson, Port President and CEO. Many of those efforts are either under way or imminent — bolstered in large part by over $150 million in funding commitments that the federal government recently granted to the port through the National Trade Corridors Fund. (more…)

One million TEUs marks Prince Rupert container terminal milestone

One million TEUs marks Prince Rupert container terminal milestone

By Keith Norbury

One million of anything is a significant measure — no matter what the category.

Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, operated by DP World (Canada) Inc., reached that milestone in December, making 2018 the first calendar year in which the facility handled a million standard shipping containers.

“DP World is proud to have achieved the million TEU milestone,” said Maksim Mihic, General Manager DP World (Canada) Inc. “We congratulate and thank the men and women whose hard work and dedication made this achievement possible. This accomplishment is also a testament to the strong collaboration and support amongst the supply chain and community partners.” Mr. Mihic noted that DP World shared the achievement with its partners, First Nations, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the City of Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and Canadian National Railway. “DP World Prince Rupert is a vital link in enabling Canadian trade and this achievement reflects the potential of the port and is a sign of many more to come,” he added. (more…)

Prince Rupert: Major projects receive federal financing

Prince Rupert: Major projects receive federal financing

By Keith Norbury

Three major projects, with a combined value of over $300 million, are planned for Port of Prince Rupert in the next few years. To support those projects — a major railway bridge upgrade, new rail infrastructure to support an export logistics platform project, and an import logistics park on First Nations land — the federal government recently announced grants totalling $153.7 million.

The money, from the National Trade Corridors Fund, will provide about half the cash for the three projects, which are key elements of the Port’s plans to double its cargo volumes with the next decade to over 50 million tonnes annually. “What they supported are our top-priority strategic projects, both from a capacity standpoint, but also a resiliency standpoint,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We were obviously very pleased to learn of the level of support and that the three projects we had put forward were supported.“ Mr. Stevenson added that the financing is a validation that the federal government “recognizes the strategic role that Prince Rupert is playing in Canadian trade.” (more…)

Best-ever performance as cruise destination in 2019 for Port of Sept-Îles

Best-ever performance as cruise destination in 2019 for Port of Sept-Îles

The Port of Sept-Îles has posted its best-ever performance as a cruise ship destination in 2019.

Nine cruise ships carrying nearly 19,000 passengers and crew members visited the city on Quebec’s North Shore this year.

That is twice the number of passengers and crew members than the port registered in 2014, which was the record until this year.

Three cruise ships — Seabourn Quest, Le Champlain and Serenade of the Seas — made their inaugural visits to Sept-Îles in 2019.

The latter ship’s overnight visit on Sept. 7–8 came as a result of a last-minute repositioning due to Hurricane Dorian, which caused havoc along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Atlantic Provinces. (more…)