Aecom will conduct a feasibility and design study for a second container terminal at Canada’s third-biggest port in Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia.
The terminal would double the port’s annual capacity, allowing it to handle an extra 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year.
DP World Prince Rupert, part of DP World Canada, commissioned the study. It operates the port’s existing Fairview terminal.
Aecom will undertake a study of the project to determine the technical and financial feasibility of developing the terminal, together with the baseline studies that will be required for environmental approvals.
“We are creating a fully integrated trade ecosystem within port boundaries, which will become the preferred option for Canadian exporters and importers,” said Maksim Mihic, chief executive of DP World Canada.
Shaun Stevenson, chief executive of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said the second terminal would support Canada’s “trade expansion ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region”.
Aecom’s job will be to devise an operational plan, estimate costs, and review local logistics, among other things.