September 19 - The Port of Prince Rupert has signed a feasibility assessment agreement with SSA Marine and its subsidiary, Western Stevedoring, to explore the viability of a breakbulk and bulk terminal located on Kaien Island.

When the port's original breakbulk terminal, Fairview Terminal, was converted into a container facility in 2007, the Port of Prince Rupert lost some of its breakbulk and general cargo capacity, and the new terminal is intended to restore some of that lost business.

"Ongoing cargo diversification is one of the highest priorities for the Port of Prince Rupert, and the potential for the return of breakbulk and general cargoes capacity to the Port of Prince Rupert represents a clear response to growing market demand in Western Canada," said Don Krusel, president and ceo of the Canadian port.

The south shore of Kaien Island has been identified as a suitable site for the 80 ha terminal development. The site is located next to CN's rail line and close to the existing bulk terminals on Ridley Island.

As well as increasing cargo diversity at the port, the addition of the new terminal will provide additional capacity for project cargo, steel, forest products, automobiles and bulk cargoes.