Traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert up 53 per cent through two months

Traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert continues to climb, jumping 53 per cent through the first two months of 2013 compared to 2012.

Traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert continues to climb, jumping 53 per cent through the first two months of 2013 compared to 2012.

There were 54 per cent more containers moving through Fairview Terminal this February than last, sitting at 47,627 TEUs. So far this year there have been 99,551 TEUs handled in Prince Rupert compared to 75,502 TEUs in the first two months of 2012. Imports through Prince Rupert were up 71 per cent this February and up 38 per cent year-to-date, while exports were up 36 per cent in February and are up 24 per cent so far this year.

Tonnage through Ridley Terminals has skyrocketed 111 per cent in early 2013 compared to 2012, surpassing 1.69 million tonnes compared to just 800,227 tonnes in the first two months of 2012. In February RTI handled 878,782 tonnes of coal compared to 492,588 tonnes last year, an increase of 78 per cent.

By far the largest jump in tonnage came from the export of raw logs. So far this year there have been 33,062 tonnes of logs sent from Prince Rupert compared to 11,568 tonnes last year, an increase of 186 per cent.

While Prince Rupert Grain tonnage fell by 15 per cent this February compared to last, so far this year the terminal has handled 930,293 tonnes compared to 822,244 tonnes last year – a difference of 13 per cent.

All told, the Prince Rupert Port Authority handled 36 per cent more tonnage this February than last, and this year Prince Rupert terminals have handled 3.65 million tonnes compared to 2.39 million tonnes last year.

Another note of interest from the monthly stats shows that 25 per cent more passengers have disembarked from the Alaska Marine Highway in Prince Rupert than last year.