In the 1960’s, Ridley Island was recognized as a natural site for a marine export terminal. In late 1970s, the federal government announced it would advance a project to develop the site into a modern deep-sea port.
Federal-provincial infrastructure investments followed, including a connection to Highway 16, along with major upgrades to the CN rail infrastructure that connects the terminal to Canadian commodity producers.
First Coal Train
The terminal received its first train of coal in November 1983, loading its first ship, the Shoryu Maru, in January 1984. The facility officially opened as Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI), on June 8, 1984. The terminal reached remarkable capacity milestones after just a few months of operation, shipping 5.5 million tonnes in 1984.
Originally a joint venture between the Canadian federal government and Federal Commerce & Navigation, Ridley Terminals came under full federal government ownership as a Crown corporation in 1991. In 2018, it celebrated 35 years in operation, the same year that its 200th million tonne was loaded onto the bulk carrier Suikai.
In late 2019, RTI undertook its most important transition when it became a privately-owned and operated entity, with equity partnership by local Indigenous Nations. In the first months of this new structure, the terminal quickly set new operational records, and began plans for significant growth and long-term diversification.
In 2022, RTI was re-branded as Trigon, inspired by Coast Tsimshian artistic traditions. This new name and identity reflect both our vision for the future, and our respect for the past.
Stacker/ReclaimerWe have three stacker/reclaimers for the handling of dry bulk product at the terminal.
Tandem Rotary Dumper
Our tandem rotary dumper operates continuously to unload the railcars from unit trains. The rotary dumper can unload trains without the need to separate the railcars from each other.