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Supply chain and shipping issues - Solution: Edmonton/Port of Prince Rupert?


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Here's another article about the ongoing supply chain issues.

Produce industry warns of potential shortages as supply chain issues mount​

All these companies complaining about shipping and transit delays. Has no one heard of Edmonton's port, the Port of Prince Rupert? Closest major port to Asia, plenty of spare capacity to go around... and Edmonton is the first major road and rail centre en route from the Port of Prince Rupert. We have a lot of labour capacity, industrial warehouse capacity to spare...

I don't mean to be abrasive, but it seems to me that a lot of these shippers are brain dead. They keep shipping through the congested ports in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver etc. and ignore the plentiful capacity we have here.

I wanted to share this article from Edmonton Global that highlights Edmonton's geographic advantage for shipping and logistics:

When we look at total travel time between Asia and the US Midwest, choosing the Prince Rupert/Port Alberta route can save more than two weeks.



Mercator estimates that the average cost savings from shipping a 40’ container via Prince Rupert to Chicago versus other ports is between $203 and $267 depending on which port and carrier. This is also a sustainability advantage as fuel savings improve environmental impact.


According to schedules from CN and CP, Edmonton has the fastest shipping times of any major city to both western ports. When we compare to Calgary, Edmonton goods arrive in Vancouver approximately half a day faster, and when connecting to Prince Rupert, a full day faster.



Because of the curvature of the earth, the Port of Prince Rupert is much closer to Asia than other Pacific ports (Figure 4). Sailing between Tokyo/Yokohama and Prince Rupert can save more than two days compared to sailing to or from Los Angeles.



While travel times for routes using the Prince Rupert/Port Alberta connection to logistics hubs like Chicago are comparable to those from Los Angeles, this does not consider the issue of congestion – an area where the Prince Rupert offers a huge advantage.

Next time someone complains about shipping delays, I wish media would ask them if they are shipping through Prince Rupert and Edmonton.

Some pretty exciting times ahead I think, as Edmonton could easily become North America's main logistics centre to/from Asia (by sea).

Prince Rupert Port Authority says it's ready to support disrupted supply chains in southern B.C.​

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- The Prince Rupert Port Authority says it's ready to provide support to disrupted supply chains that been affected by the major flooding events in southern B.C.
In an online statement, the port says it remains fully operational and hasn't experienced any impacts to its port or rail operations as a result of the floods.
It says a number of terminals within the port can handle additional cargo, and are engaged with shippers and CN rail to support the movement of goods, supplies and trade
The floods and road closures in Southern B.C. have cut off access by road and rail to Vancouver, disrupting multiple supply chains in the process
Vancouver is also home to the country's largest port, which now has no access to the rest of the country.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority says its ready to "activate its full capacity" to provide support.

anyone listening?
from a really promising idea at the beginning of 2008:

to one of the worst business development sites still on the web at the end of 2021:

an inland port/free trade zone isn't even a novel idea - there's examples from all over the world including dallas/fort worth:

and if you don't like looking at texas for precedents, you can look at winnipeg (who took what was contemplated in edmonton and implemented it while we continued to ignore it):

not only is prince rupert a more attractive north american entry point than vancouver or seattle, edmonton is a more attractive landing site for much the same polar routing reasons and, as a bonus, both are outside of the continental usa which brings a whole additional set of advantages. now, have the two meet at villeneuve...

the last time i looked hard at the numbers, one of the top four cargo airports in the entire world was always anchorage, alaska and most of its volume is captive not as a destination stop or hub but as a refueling stop (stopping half-way is more efficient that taking off and flying with a full load of fuel when the difference in take-off weight can be cargo instead). edmonton is positioned to both a hub and a refueling stop and could leverage both.

combined with through-putting from prince rupert, a distribution hub in edmonton with air, rail, and road links that move east west as well as north south would be pretty much unrivalled (if it ever gets done at all).
^^^^ I can see dual transportation hubs for Edmonton -- one focused on people movement that employs a repurposed Coliseum building with Rail/LRT/Bus/Regional Air/Auto connections to the hinterland and one focused on goods and services built out of EIA and a strong connective link between the two. I have mentioned the benefits of these before on this site -- now that portions of the political climate are lining up, it is time to push a little harder with the City and the Feds.