Prince Rupert Port Authority oversaw the safe and timely arrival of a major piece of equipment integral to the expansion of coal export operations at Ridley Terminals Inc., as a stacker/reclaimer unit cruised into Porpoise Harbour aboard the heavy-lift vessel HHL Macao.
The successful arrival of the vessel and subsequent movement of its cargo required a wide-ranging team effort. Prince Rupert Port Authority collaborated with ship’s agent Peter Riley of G.W. Nickerson, pilots of the B.C. Coast Pilots, tug operators from Smit Marine, and members of ILWU Local 505. “Today’s complex operation demonstrated the value of a well-coordinated port community,” said Gary Paulson, Vice-President of Operations and Harbour Master for Prince Rupert Port Authority. “By working together, our partners in the marine industry ensured the efficient arrival of an enormous and valuable piece of infrastructure.” The Macao berthed in Porpoise Harbour, on the East side of the Ridley Island industrial site, where the equipment will be transferred from the vessel to barges operated by Wainwright Marine. The ship was secured at the dock of the former Skeena Cellulose pulp mill. “The transit of this vessel through Porpoise Channel and into the harbour means that this part of our waterfront is coming back to life,” said Paulson, who oversaw the delivery from aboard the Port Authority’s patrol vessel. “The significant plans for development along the Ridley Island foreshore will result in increased marine traffic. We have confidence that vessels like the Macao can navigate these waters safely.” Pacific Pilotage Authority and the B.C. Coast Pilots also used the arrival as a training opportunity to re-familiarize marine pilots with the entrance to Porpoise Harbour. Five pilots were aboard the Macao as it made its approach into Prince Rupert.