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Yang Ming & The Alliance launch fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert

Apr 25, 2018

The Port of Prince Rupert, DP World Prince Rupert and CN have announced a new weekly marine carrier service at the Fairview Container Terminal. Yang Ming and its partners in THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, have added Prince Rupert as the first North American port of call on the amended PS8 trans-Pacific service this spring.

Originating in the ports of Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai and Busan, the new service made its inaugural call at the Port of Prince Rupert on Saturday, April 21 with the arrival of the 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, the YM Masculinity.

“The addition of THE Alliance to Prince Rupert’s containerized cargo services expands the reach of Asia-North American trade through our port to new markets and shippers,” said Shaun Stevenson, Vice President of Trade Development and Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. “With expanded capacity to accommodate 1.35 million TEUs, we’re confident this new partnership will strengthen the supply chain solutions offered through the west coast’s leading-edge gateway.”

In the decade since Fairview Container Terminal began operations, its exclusive ship-to-rail service has grown at the fastest pace of any container terminal in North America, while earning a reputation for industry-leading 2.5 day dwell times and productivity. In 2017, growth continued with a record 926,540 TEUs handled, representing a 26% increase over 2016 volumes.

THE Alliance’s PS8 service is the fourth weekly service for Prince Rupert, unlocking the ability for all intermodal shippers on or near CN’s continental rail network to route freight through the Port of Prince Rupert. Other main players Cosco and its Ocean Alliance partners and Maersk Line and its 2M partner MSC.

“At CN, we believe supply chain collaboration and partnership are the foundation for fostering international trade,” said Keith Reardon, Vice President of Intermodal and Automotive for CN.

“The new PS8 trans-Pacific service highlights the strategic advantage of Fairview Container Terminal as the most efficient and fastest route from Asia to North American markets,” according to Maksim Mahic, General Manager of DP World Canada.

Prince Rupert is the closest major North American port to Asia with direct access to CN’s Class 1 continental rail network, with direct service to Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has anchored an efficient trade lane providing extensive reach into both central Canada and the US Midwest. With 500,000 TEUs of terminal capacity added by DP World in 2017 and plans for further expansion of intermodal capacity by 2021, the Prince Rupert port officials affirm the Pacific gateway “is well positioned to continue its remarkable pace of growth.”

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Leo Ryan
American Journal of Transportation
CANADA CORRESPONDENT