Port cargo down in 2014

Cargo handled by terminals within the Port of Prince Rupert was down last month and, so far, this year.

Cargo handled by terminals within the Port of Prince Rupert was down last month and, so far, this year.

Last month, facilities handled just less than 1,481,859 tonnes of cargo all together, dropping nearly seven per cent from the November 2013 total of 1,593,067. Eleven months into this year, all terminals moved 19,233,960.6 tonnes, a decline of nearly nine per cent from the 21,113,840 tonnes recorded in the same period of 2013.

Fairview Terminal actually experienced an increase in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, with 53,692 TEUs moving through the facility. This is up from 50,798 in November 2013, an increase of nearly six per cent.  With a month remaining in 2014, 557,933 TEUs went through Fairview, up from 496,445.5 TEUs by the end of November 2013, a more than 12 per cent rise. Imports at the container port were up slightly more than five per cent, with 30,448 TEUs coming through in November. With a month remaining in 2014, imports have jumped close to 15 per cent year-over-year, with nearly 323,043 TEUs coming through Fairview, up from 281,033.5. Exports also increased by more than six per cent in November with 23,244 TEUs leaving Fairview. Of this, nearly 19 per cent less loaded TEUs left the operation, with empty TEUs jumping 75 per cent.

By November’s end, a total of 234,890 TEUs were shipped from Fairview, increasing from 215,412 in the same period of time in 2013, or nine per cent. The amount of loaded TEUs leaving Fairview went up three per cent so far this year, with empty TEUs going up by 19.5 per cent.

Close to 39 per cent more logs left the harbour last month, with a total of 26,463 tonnes going through compared to 19,088 last November. But log shipments had decreased by 8.5 per cent with a month left in 2014.

Ridley Terminal experienced a 31 per cent drop in cargo last month, with 327,517 tonnes being moved compared to 476,086 in November 2013. The coal terminal recorded a 38 per cent drop in tonnage year over year, with 6,789,188 tonnes going through in 11 months, down from 10,994,662 in the same period in 2013.

Prince Rupert Grain’s November tonnage dropped by nine per cent month over month, handling 535,076 tonnes last month and 588,806 in November 2013. With a month of 2014 left, PRG saw nearly 27 per cent more tonnage than in 2013, a total of nearly 6,043,972 tonnes up from 4,764,622 11 months into 2013.

Last month, 55,880 tonnes went through Westview Terminal with  a year-to-date total of 466,543 tonnes.