THE Stewart World Port deep-sea wharf was opened in Stewart yesterday.

Commercial wharf opens in Stewart, B.C.

Ice-free port offers faster shipping times to and from Asia

  • Sep. 17, 2015 3:00 p.m.

A $70 MILLION commercial wharf being billed as a gateway for goods and products in and out of northern B.C., the Yukon and northern Alberta was officially opened yesterday.

Located in Stewart, the Stewart World Port offers shippers a day and a half closer shipping time to and from Asia than can be had by using southern port facilities, says company official Brad Moffat.

“The name is self explanatory – we’re opening Stewart to the world,” he said.

That Stewart is ice-free and that its harbour area is very deep offers competitive advantages, Moffat added.

“If not the deepest, I believe it is one of the deepest,” he said of Stewart’s ranking among ports on the west coast.

In the shipping world the Stewart World Port is called a break bulk facility, handling goods and material that aren’t normally shipped in containers and are not shipped in bulk such as grain.

“We’re open to the mining sector, oil and gas, project cargo, pipes, logs,” said Moffat.

One example might be accommodation modules for workers at a resource camp, he said.

Moffat said the company has already secured one client but that he could not yet release its identity.

“We are negotiating a number of contracts,” he added.

Stewart World Port is privately owned by Ted Pickell of Fort St. John who also owns Arctic Construction, the company that built the facility.

“He’s a visionary,” said Moffat in adding that Pickell kept construction on track for a three-year completion schedule.

Work is now starting on a new phase, this time a $60 million project featuring a traveling bulk shiploader.

“This is a large belt system, allowing us to move products like mine concentrate or wood chips. It’s a tremendous amount of infrastructure and will move up and down the wharf so that ships won’t have to move,” said Moffat.

The shiploader is rated at being able to handle 3,300 tonnes of material per hour.

Also part of the new phase are concentrate-holding sheds.

Guests at the opening included B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon who is on a tour of northern B.C.

 

Just Posted

New hotel takes another step towards completion

The Sunshine Inn is expected to open by spring 2019, owner says

Union president warns of firefighter shortage

Budget increase desperately needed now, and again with major projects down the road

CN signal boxes shot

Information sought after trains forced to stop by Kitwanga signal boxes being shot up.

VIDEO: Bells of Peace ceremony in Terrace

More than 100 people rung bells on Nov. 11 to mark centenary anniversary of WWI’s end

VIDEO: The SkeenaWild Film & Photo Festival in Terrace

The festival features visual work showcasing the Skeena region

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Older B.C. drivers subsidizing younger ones, study finds

ICBC protects higher-risk drivers, pays for testing costs

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

Most Read