While overall cargo volumes increased last month, terminals within the Port of Prince Rupert have handled less cargo so far this year.
All together the terminals moved five per cent more tonnage month-over-month, with 2,102,694 tonnes being handled this July in comparison to 1,999,971 last July. However, year-over-year there has been a six per cent drop in tonnage handled, with 12,762,501 tonnes being moved by July’s end in contrast to 13,550,909 by last July’s end.
In July, Fairview Terminal saw a 49 per cent jump in the number of twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through the operation month-over-month, with 64,355 TEUs being handled last month in contrast to 43,219 in July of 2013.
There has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of TEUs moved through Fairview year-over-year, with 345,428 TEUs being moved by July’s end compared to 307,065 by July 2013’s end.
Imports at Fairview were up 72 per cent, with 40,686 TEUs being moved in July in comparison to 23,721 last July.
Exports at Fairview were also up 21 per cent, with 23,669 TEUs being handled last month compared to 19,498 in July 2013. Of that, there were 14,024 loaded TEUs, up nine per cent from July of 2013, and 9,646 empty TEUs, up 45 per cent month-over-month.
Prince Rupert Grain (PRG) also saw a spike in the amount of product it handled last month, with the operation experiencing a 36 per cent increase in tonnage. By July’s end, 567,989 tonnes had been handled compared to 417,633 in July of 2013. Year-to-date there has been 3,895,378 tonnes moved through PRG, which is up 25 per cent over the same time period last year when 3,114,954 tonnes were moved.
The harbour saw a two per cent decrease in tonnage last month, with 41,151 tonnes being handled compared to 41,853 tonnes in July of 2013. So far this year the harbour has experienced an 11 per cent drop in tonnage, with the 2014 year to date total being 226,496 tonnes compared to 254,196 by July’s end in 2013.
Ridley Terminals saw a 26 per cent decline in tonnage month-over-month, with 819,169 tonnes being handled in July in contrast to 1,108,292 in July 2013. There has been a 30 per cent decrease in the number of tonnes the terminal has moved year-to-date, with 4,947,075 tonnes being handled by July’s end compared to 7,103,943 tonnes by the end of July 2013.
Last month Westview Terminal moved 30,835 tonnes of product, bringing the year to date total to 236,162 tonnes.