The number of loaded twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled at Fairview Terminal in August was down more than 17 per cent compared to last July, but the terminal remains on track for another record year.
In July the terminal handled 45,067 loaded TEUs, down 17.62 per cent from the 54,709 TEUs handled last July, with imports down 14.44 per cent year-over-year and loaded exports down 26.87 per cent this July compared to last.
So far this year the terminal has handled 451,576.5 TEUs, up 30.73 per cent compared to the first seven months of 2014. The number of loaded TEUs imported through Prince Rupert is up 15.45 per cent to sit at 346,670.75 TEUs compared to 300,283.5 TEUs at the end of last July. While the total number of exported containers is up 42.89 per cent, the number of loaded containers leaving Fairview Terminal is down from 94,505 TEUs to 93,485.75 TEUs.
The other bright spot at the Port of Prince Rupert in July was at Westview Terminal, which saw 84,013.46 tonnes of wood pellets shipped this July compared to last, a jump of 172.46 per cent. So far this year, Westview has moved 413,461 tonnes compared to 236,162 last year, an increase of 75.08 per cent.
Traffic through the Prince Rupert Harbour was down 86.33 per cent this July compared to last, but so far this year there has been 245,234.84 tonnes of product moved compared to 226,496 tonnes through the first seven months of 2014, an increase of 8.27 per cent.
However, July once again saw declines at both terminals on Ridley Island.
Prince Rupert Grain dropped from 567,988 tonnes moved last July to 524,754 tonnes this July while overall tonnage this year is down 7.53 per cent, dropping from 3.9 million tonnes to 3.6 million tonnes.
Ridley Terminals tonnage was down 29.82 per cent, falling from 819,169 tonnes last July to 574,928 tonnes this July. So far this year the terminal has moved 44.36 per cent less coal than 2014, falling from 4.9 million tonne to 2.8 million tonnes.
So far this year traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert is down 9.62 per cent, dropping from 12.76 million tonnes last year to 11.53 million tonnes this year.