Overall 2015 statistics of cargo traffic from the Port of Prince Rupert has given the company good news to start 2016.
Container volumes at the Fairview Container Terminal increased 26 per cent over 2014, with 776, 412 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) being moved.
An additional 500,000 TEUs in capacity is scheduled to be added by the end of 2017 with the completion of the Port’s Phase 2 North expansion project currently underway at the terminal.
Not only did container cargo rise, but Prince Rupert Grain also experienced a very strong year in 2015, with 6.4 million tonnes of wheat and canola shipped among other agri-food, the second-best year on record for the category.
Westview Wood Pellet Terminal also saw success with a 44 per cent increase in volume.
Ridley Terminals saw another year of declining volumes, with shipments of metallurgical coal down 60 per cent from 2014 – a six-year low for bulk energy shipments.
Last year, 19.6 million tonnes of containers, grain, coal, forest products and other commodities were moved through the port by 3,000 employees directly employed in port-related jobs.