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Prince Rupert beefs up terminal efficiency

The Port of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal received a new gantry crane Saturday that arrived aboard the heavy cargo ship Zheng Hua 11.

"The arrival of a fourth crane for our container operations will further enhance our ability to quickly and efficiently turn around container vessels at Fairview Terminal," said Mark Schepp, senior vice president of Maher Terminals, which operates the B.C. terminal. "It will add to our already very strong vessel production of 31-plus moves per crane hour."

The new addition is the port's fourth Super-Post Panamax container crane and is the same make and model as the three that were installed when the terminal opened in 2007. Each crane has a 22-container reach and weighs over 1,800 tons.

"We congratulate Maher Terminals on the addition to their on-dock infrastructure," said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. "We anticipate how this crane will sustain the strengthening of Prince Rupert's reputation for reliability and add to its capacity for container shipping."

Since opening in 2007, Fairview Container Terminal has handled over 1.8 million TEUs.

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