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Port of Prince Rupert on track for another record year

All Port of Prince Rupert terminals saw increases in April, with the exception of Ridley Terminal.

In April, a total of 48,442.75 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) went through Fairview, up nearly 11 per cent from April 2013 when 43,717 TEUs were moved.

So far this year, 176,811.50 TEUs were handled at Fairview, which is down slightly more than one per cent from this point of 2013.

Both imports and exports through Fairview were up last month.

In total 28,787.5 TEUs were imported through the operation last month, up slightly over 19.5 per cent from April 2013 when 24,074.25 TEUs came through. Year-to-date 106,120.25 TEUs have been imported through Fairview, which is up approximately  8.7 per cent from April's end in 2013 when 97,656.5 TEUs were imported.

Exports were up last month, but by slightly more than 0.5 per cent: 19,655.25 TEUs were shipped out compared to 19,642.75 TEUs in April 2013. Of that, 13,895.25 TEUs were loaded, nearly one per cent less than last April, with empty TEUs increasing by approximately 2.6 per cent at 5,760. Year-to-date, 70,691.25 TEUs have been shipped out of Prince Rupert, which is down approximately 12.8 per cent from end of April 2013's total of 81,035.25 TEUs. By the end of April there were nearly 10.3 per cent more loaded TEUs leaving Prince Rupert, with a 44 per cent decline in the numberof empty TEUs being shipped out.

Last month, shipments from the harbour saw a 15 per cent increase in tonnage compared to April 2013, at 30,014 tonnes compared to 26,090. Year-to-date, 154,437 tonnes have been handled, up just over 91 per cent from 80,801 tonnes by the end of April 2013.

Prince Rupert Grain moved 723,422.23 tonnes last month, up nearly 24 per cent from April 2013's monthly total of 584,718.58. By the start of May, 2,080,779.57 tonnes were moved through Prince Rupert Grain, up 4.5 per cent from 1,991,167.6 tonnes by the end of April 2013.

While Ridley Terminal had over 39 per cent increase in tonnage month-over-month, the operation has still seen just under 22.4 less tonnes year-to-date. Last month 869,216 tonnes were handled, compared to 624,175 in April 2013. By April's end 2,911,761 tonnes had been moved at Ridley, down from 3,750,936 in 2013.

Westview Terminal moved 20,568 tonnes last month, for a year-to-date total of 131,897.

All Port of Prince Rupert terminals moved a total of 2,127,647.7 tonnes last month, up just over 27 per cent. By April's end, a total of 7,050,101.54 tonnes had been moved, up 7.4 per cent from 7,613,220.62 in 2013.

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