Westview Terminal Redevelopment

Project:    Westview Terminal Redevelopment
Client:      (Confidential)
Location:  Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Westview Terminal -- Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada


Westview Terminal -- Prince Rupert, British ColumbiaThe Project

In the quest to reduce its shipping costs, this client hired CMC to help plan and develop its own shipping facility in Prince Rupert, BC.

Currently under construction and scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2013, this new terminal will allow the client to substantially reduce its overall shipping costs, both the overland portion from its production plants and the marine portion to its clients in Europe and Asia.

Project Goals

CMC worked with the client to find a suitable location for the new terminal and to perform the economic and feasibility studies. Subsequent phases have included:

  • Environmental studies
  • Public review
  • Preliminary and detailed engineering
  • Assistance in construction and the upcoming commissioning.

Built on the site of an abandoned grain terminal originally built in 1926, and located close to some of Prince Rupert’s prime domestic real estate, the project was subject to a particularly high degree of public scrutiny regarding dust emissions, noise and safety.


The terminal design includes numerous design features to minimize these concerns:

  • Low speed material handling equipment
  • Fully enclosed material handling system (conveyors, bucket elevators and silos)
  • High capacity silo aeration and ventilation system
  • Custom-made cascading spouts in the silos, chute work and on the shiploader
  • Elimination of centralized dust control systems and concealment of aeration fans to reduce noise emissions

The project also included several ancillary projects, such as:

  • Design of new facilities for two existing tenants on the project site and coordination of their transfer to:
    • a crab fishing operation
    • a tug services facility
  • Design of a new private rail yard and negotiations with the local rail operator
  • Negotiations with the local port authority
  • Sourcing of specialized products and suppliers in the USA and the UK.

CMC is currently actively engaged on this project and looks forward to reaching the culmination of the work as the client brings in its first trains and ships to the terminal later in the year.