Despite all operations but one within the Port of Prince Rupert seeing tonnage increases last month, the overall terminal tonnage declined last month.
Fairview Terminal saw a 12.35 per cent increase in tonnage last month, with 474,490 tonnes being handled last month in contrast to 422,330 in September 2013. By September’s end, Fairview’s year to date total was 4,576,931.47 tonnes, increasing by nearly 14 per cent from the same duration of time when 4,016,657.11 was handled.
As of September’s end 47,449 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) had moved through Fairview Terminal, which is up just under 12.5 per cent from the same time period in 2013 when 42,233 TEUs were moved through the terminal.
This brings the year-to-date total to 457,131.75 TEUs, up 14 per cent from the first nine months of 2013 when 400,948.5 TEUs were handled at Fairview.
In September 25,762.75 TEUS were imported through Fairview Terminal, down just over one per cent from September 2013’s total of 26,056.25 TEUs. By the third quarter of 2014, 269,109 TEUs were imported through the operation, which is up more than 18 per cent from 2013’s year-to-date total of 227,696.5 TEUs.
The number of loaded and empty TEUs exported through Fairview went up last month, with there being an overall increase of more than 34 per cent month over month. In September there was 21,686.25 TEUs exported in contrast to 16,176.75 in September 2013. This included an increase of just under 119 per cent in empty TEUs being exported, and a nearly five per cent decrease in loaded TEUs.
So far this year exports have gone up more than 8.5 per cent, with 188,022.75 TEUs being moved in the first nine months of 2014 compared to 173,252 TEUs in the same period of time in 2013. There has been a 9.6 per cent increase in the number of loaded TEUs and a 6.66 per cent increase in empty TEUs.
Prince Rupert Grain continued to see massive tonnage hikes last month. In September 379,456.47 tonnes were handed at the terminal, a jump of 131.57 per cent over September 2013 when 163,860 tonnes were moved. So far this year Prince Rupert Grain has experienced a 38 per cent increase in tonnage, with 4,928,494.38 tonnes going through the operation so far this year, in contrast to 3,570,994.23 in the same time period of 2013.
Nearly 39 per cent more logs went through the harbour in September, with 63,078 tonnes being handled last month compared to 45,420 in September 2013. As of September, there had been a decrease in tonnage of just under three per cent at the harbour, with 296,295.35 tonnes being handled compared to 305,055.71 tonnages in the same time period of 2013.
Ridley Terminals was the only operation within the Port of Prince Rupert that saw a decline last month, with 494,618 tonnes being handled compared to 1,270,080 tonnes in September 2013. By September’s end 5,904,090 tonnes went through Ridley Terminals, down more than 37 per cent when compared to the year to date total of September 2013 of 9,415,851.
Last month 30,499.33 tonnes were handled at Westview Terminal, bringing the year to date total to 344,200.99.
Overall, 1,442,141.8 tonnes were handled by operations within the Port of Prince Rupert, down slightly more than 24 per cent from September 2013 when 1,901,690 tonnes were. Nine months into 2014, 16,050,012.19 tonnes have been handled, down just over seven per cent from 2013 when 17,308,558.04 tonnes went through Prince Rupert terminals.