Port of Prince Rupert recently celebrated the arrival of the 350-metre COSCO Guangzhou container ship, the largest vessel yet to call on Fairview Terminal since operations began there nearly five years ago. With a total capacity of 9,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and a deadweight tonnage of 107,000 tonnes, the COSCO Guangzhou is significantly larger than previous large ships such as the 334-metre, 8,500-TEU-capacity COSCO Prince Rupert.
The Guangzhou arrived from Shanghai at 89-per-cent capacity, and represents the largest vessel in COSCO’s Pacific Northwest service in which vessels from Hong Kong, Ningbo and Shanghai call at Prince Rupert. During the Guangzhou’s visit, Maher Terminals and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 505 handled approximately 4,100 on-and-off container moves. “The arrival of the COSCO Guangzhou is indeed a monumental event for Port of Prince Rupert, and the fact that our terminal operator and local workforce is able to meet this milestone with a ‘business-as-usual’ approach truly speaks to our unprecedented progress over the last five years,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of Prince Rupert Port Authority.