Other existing grain terminals such as Richardson Grain,
Alliance Grain, and Viterra Pacific Elevators are undergoing
expansions. Pacific Coast Terminals continues a CDN$200
million expansion project with a new potash rail handling facility
due to open in 2017 at a capacity of 2.8mt a year. And that’s on
top of getting back into shipping canola oil last year.
In a port built on bulk shipments, coal isn’t left out of the
terminal upgrades and improvements, either, with the major coal
exporter of coal in North America,Westshore Terminals, at
Roberts Bank in the Outer Harbour, continuing with a
CDN$270 million Infrastructure Reinvestment Project involving
three new stacker-reclaimers, and a new shiploader over the
next few years. A new office warehouse complex has opened
and the old offices and buildings are being demolished to create
added stockpile space ready for the day when coal shipments get
back to around 30mt a year as they were in 2013 and 2014
compared to 25mt in 2015 and an expected 24 to 24.5mt this
Fraser Surrey Docks on the Fraser River also has a proposal
to ship coal on Panamax vessels to Asia, but some legal wrangles
have yet to be resolved. It’s the only one of about five coal
handling projects in the Pacific Northwest to survive their
exhausting legal and environmental battles.
Two of the Port of Vancouver’s three major container
terminals are both also being upgraded.
PRINCE RUPERT BC
The good news at the northernmost major port on the west
coast is that year-to-date figures through April show grain
shipments and wood pellet exports are ahead of the same four
months a year earlier, while container traffic through the
Fairview Terminal at 2.4 million TEUs was only slightly behind the
2.5 million TEUs of a year earlier. Steelmaking coal exports,
which were down over 60% in 2015 are still languishing YTD,
down another 500,000 tonnes in the first four months of 2016.
With several days’ advantage
over transit times to Asia
compared to other west coast
ports, Prince Rupert continues
to boom and bills itself as North
America’s fastest growing port
for trans-Pacific trade. In 2015, it
had a total throughput of 19.6mt
compared with 20.6mt in 2014.
Log shipments, grain exports,
wood pellet exports and the
container traffic all set new
highs, with containers up 26% at
Meanwhile, Phase 2 expansion
work at Fairview, the sole
container terminal, is progressing
in a CDN$200 million project.
To improve ship safety new
navigation systems, including
shore-based radar and a new
lighthouse, are about to go
operational in what is already
one of the deepest, ice-free
harbours in the world.
Milestone dredging complete at Port of Bellingham
In June 2016, the Port of Bellingham completed a milestone dredging project in front of its Bellingham Shipping Terminal (BST), increasing the approach channel navigation depth to –40 feet and the berthing areas to –35 feet MLLW (mean lower low water). BST has long been underutilized as the port worked to resolve permitting challenges associated with dredging in areas of historic sediment contamination. With the navigation dredging now complete, the port has made reactivating BST a top priority and has budgeted over $7 million in 2016 to upgrade and modernize the terminal’s stormwater infrastructure, electrical service, and barge loading area.
The Port of Bellingham’s Pacific Northwest strategy aims to provide a turnkey solution for marine trades and shipping companies interested in a full-service marine terminal with close proximity to Alaskan, Canadian and Asian markets and the flexibility to meet a diversity of shipping needs. BST offers 1,250 feet of dock space, two large warehouses with over 85,000 square feet of covered storage and 35 acres of available upland. Port facilities are located near major truck routes and within a thriving local marine trades economy offering both shipyard and dry-dock services.
Agricultural and industrial activities in the State of Washington state and lower-mainland British Columbia are densely populated and offer a powerful base for long-term sustainable growth at the Port of Bellingham. The Port has a strong history of servicing the needs of established shipping companies and offering cost-effective solutions to help meet the unique needs of growing businesses. With increased navigation depth, major infrastructure upgrades, and strong pro-business leadership; BST is poised to attract and grow industries.
Port of Vancouver USA: 86 acres available for a new mineral bulk facility
Since 1912, the Port of Vancouver USA has been an economic engine and job creator in Washington state. Located at the hub of the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia Snake River System, this deep water port has five marine terminals and 13 berths that handle more than 400 ocean-going vessels and river barges annually, with a total cargo volume exceeding six million metric tonnes.
The Port of Vancouver USA now has space available at its newest terminal — Terminal 5 — for a new high-volume mineral bulk facility. Permits are already in place and construction can begin immediately on this 86-acre parcel, which is specially designed to handle a multi-million-ton facility. This site provides a unique opportunity to develop shovel-ready property on the US West Coast.
Terminal 5 features a loop track that
allows unit trains to be handled within
the port’s internal rail complex. Four 8,500ft. loop tracks were specially designed to accommodate multiple unit trains carrying a variety of dry and liquid bulk cargoes. There is also room to add a fifth track to meet future capacity needs.
RAIL CAPACITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Two Class 1 railroads — BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad — transit the Port of Vancouver, offering cost-effective rates. The port has nearly completed its West Vancouver Freight Access rail expansion, a $275 million project that will more than triple the port’s rail capacity and reduce regional rail congestion by as much as 40% on BNSF’s main north-south and east-west rail lines. This allows the port’s capacity to grow from 55,000 to 400,000 railcars per year.
The port’s location near key freight corridors, including I-5 and I-84, provides quick access to major north-south and east- west routes. Transloading cargo to barges on the Columbia River ensures efficient movement of freight and access to inland ports serving the Midcontinent.
EFFICIENT TRADE ROUTES
The port offers the most efficient, direct, uninterrupted route between the Pacific Rim and the US Midcontinent and Canada. Customers save almost half the time — and thousands of dollars — compared with shipping through Gulf ports.
Efficient trade routes to and from the US Midcontinent and Pacific Rim have never been more critical as shippers seek to cut costs and save time when importing and exporting goods. That’s why many of them are partnering with the Port of Vancouver USA. Located only 106 river miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the port is situated on a 43ft (13.1m) deep draught shipping channel with berths capable of handling Panamax-sized vessels. It specializes in handling break bulk, RoRo, bulk and project cargoes, with dedicated facilities for handling wind energy components, automobiles, grains, pulp, mineral ores, and agricultural commodities, among others. Long term agreements with shippers, OEMs and stevedores ensure shipments can be scheduled at an agreed-upon rate so cargo efficiently and reliably reaches its destination.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY LANDLORD — OR PORT
The port has a dedicated staff that works closely with customers to ensure efficiency in all areas, whether in leasing buildings or property or consulting on shipping and supply chain logistics. This team of talented and experienced people offers outstanding customer service and a strategic and consultative approach that capitalizes on the port’s unique capabilities.
“We’ve made numerous strategic moves in the last several years to invest in the equipment, people, facilities and infrastructure to ensure our customers can get their products to market stress-free,” said Alastair Smith, chief marketing and sales officer at the Port of Vancouver USA. “It all pays off when we hear from our satisfied customers, who repeatedly tell us that they appreciate our high level of service and logistics expertise.”
Ports America continues investing in its West Coast Strategy
Ports America announced on 12 April this year that it is continuing its business growth strategy to increase its West Coast presence through additional investments, services and expansion of its terminal capacity. The latest transaction includes a significant expansion and 20-year lease extension of the Husky TerminalinTacoma,Washington. InternationalTransportation Service, Inc. (ITS), a joint venture between Ports America and
‘K’ Line, negotiated an extension of its Husky lease with the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) through 2046. Ports America is an equity holder and service provider to Husky Terminal. Included in the lease extension is a planned expansion project of more than $141 million approved by the NWSA, which will greatly enhance the terminal’s capacity and is expected to be completed by July 2018.
Husky Terminal’s extensive enhancements will provide the terminal with approximately 104 acres of leased and preferential berthing area in this major gate port in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Additionally, NWSA has agreed to order four of the largest, most modern gantry cranes and to complete yard and gate improvements. Upon completion, the newly-designed Husky Terminal will be capable of simultaneously accommodating two 18,000 TEU mega-container vessels.
Ports America is a 30% owner of ITS, with the remaining interest owned by ‘K’ Line. ITS has been operating container terminals for 40 years in the ports of Long Beach (Calif.) and Tacoma, providing services to major shipping lines including ‘K’ Line. Ports America has a long-established relationship with ‘K’ Line and is pleased to provide world-class terminal operations and process excellence to its distinguished partner.
ABOUT PORTS AMERICA
Ports America, headquartered in New Jersey, is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore company in the United States.
The company currently operates in more than 42 ports and 80 locations. Ports America handles all types of cargo, including container, bulk, breakbulk, automotive, project, military and cruise, typically handling 13.4 million TEU, 2.5 million vehicles, 10.1 million tonnes of general cargo and 1.7 million cruise ship passengers annually.
Port of Longview announces cargo terminal opportunity; seeks interest from prospective developers, operators
On the 22 June this year, the Port of Longview announced a major opportunity for available industrial waterfront property on the Columbia River of the United States West Coast. As the first port on the deep-draught shipping channel with direct transportation connections to international markets, this is significant opportunity to establish new cargo operations on the Columbia River.
Bridgeview Terminal, comprised of two cargo docks and upland areas, recently became available when a long-term lease with its former bulk cargo
operator/tenant expired earlier this year. While the port is primarily interested in responses to import or export bulk cargoes, it will consider opportunities for other marine-dependent uses.
“Opportunities to establish new terminal operations or terminal redevelopment are minimal on the West Coast,” said Business Development Manager Laurie Nelson-Cooley. “Here at the Port of Longview, we have a facility ready to handle cargo with direct transportation connections and an experienced work force.”
The port has issued a formal Request for Expression of Interest to determine interest in the property. Included in the request, respondents will find a summary of terminal property, on-site facilities and additional potentially available properties. “Our intent is to maximize this terminal based on cargo throughput, job creation and return on investment to our customers and community partners,” said Nelson-Cooley.
Seeking interest in the Terminal is the first step in evaluating potential uses and agreements. Based on initial responses, the process will move into a formal Request for Qualifications and/or Request for Proposals phase.