Grain, passenger traffic boost Port numbers

Prince Rupert Grain and the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal led the way for cargo and traffic increases for the month of December 2015

Prince Rupert Grain and the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal led the way for cargo and traffic increases for the month of December 2015 compared to December 2014.

A 381,935 tonne cargo month for Prince Rupert Grain’s wheat division had the overall terminal numbers boost 19 per cent over 2014, while 346 passengers made their way through the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal – an increase of 187 per cent over 121 passengers in December 2014.

December was not, however, a notable month in containerized cargo at Fairview Terminal, or in the coal traffic at Ridley Terminal.

Container traffic went down five per cent over last year — 575,963 tonnes of cargo was moved through the port compared to 602,320 in December 2014, and Ridley Terminal had a decrease in cargo of two per cent — 322,494 tonnes in 2014 compared to 315,113 tonnes last month.

At Westview Wood Pellet Terminal, an increase of 10 per cent was made, with 49,845 tonnes of cargo moved last month compared to 45,198 tonnes in December 2014.

At the harbour, a large log cargo figure of 60,154 tonnes contributed to a 1,547 per cent increase over 3,653 tonnes in 2014.

CN Rail recorded a sizeable decrease in traffic moved, with 5,753 tonnes through CN last month compared to 7,301 tonnes in 2014 – a decrease of 21 per cent.

Ferry passenger stats were up 34 per cent over December 2014 when 2,900 passengers disembarked and embarked domestically (2,106 passengers in 2014) and 244 passengers disembarked and embarked foreignly, an increase of 233 passengers over 2014.