The number of containers being exported through Prince Rupert in June is almost double the amount shipped last June.

The number of containers being exported through Prince Rupert in June is almost double the amount shipped last June.

June exports through Prince Rupert’s Fairview Terminal almost double from June 2010

The numbers from the Prince Rupert Port Authority for June were released on July 7 and the numbers show that traffic through Fairview is increasing year to year, including almost twice as many exports this June compared to last June.

The numbers from the Prince Rupert Port Authority for June were released on July 7 and the numbers show that traffic through Fairview is increasing year to year, including almost twice as many exports this June compared to last June.

The total number of TEUs handled at the terminalclimbed 16 per cent year-to-year, climbing from 29,631.8 to 34,378, with the number of imported TEUs also climbing 16 per cent from 16,952.5 to 19,667. The largest increase was in the export sector. While the figures show another 16 per cent increase, from 12,679.3 last June to 14,711 this June, the number of loaded containers being exported jumped 94.4 per cent from 4,169 to 8,106 this year and the number of containers being sent back empty dropped by 22 per cent.

So far this year the figures for Fairview show a 3.7 per cent drop in traffic compared to 2010, with the number of loaded TEUs increasing by 12.5 per cent and the number of empty containers being shipped back falling by 46.6 per cent. Imports so far this year are down from 91,341.8 last year to 87,247.5 this year, a difference of 4.5 per cent, while the number of loaded containers being exported is up 79.4 per cent to 41,449.5, and the number of empty containers being sent back is down 50.3 per cent.

After a record 2010, Ridley Terminals remains on course for another record year in 2011. The year-to-year numbers show a 42.7 per cent increase, from 677,347 tonnes to 966,435 tonnes, while year to date numbers are up 26.7 per cent, from 3,928,106 to 4,977,251 tonnes.

Prince Rupert Grain volumes are also up year-to-year, climbing 14.4 per cent from 415,072 tonnes in 2010 to 474,749.9 tonnes last month, while year-to-date tonnage is up 12.6 per cent from 2,403,878 tonnes to 2,706,750.3 tonnes so far this year.

The number of logs being shipped through the harbour are up 23.2 per cent year-to-year and an impressive 89.3 per cent compared to the first six months of 2010, while the overall tonnage handled going through the Port of Prince Rupert is up 17.7 per cent compared to the first half of 2010.

The number of cruise ship passengers disembarking from the Norwegian Star is also up 24 per cent compared to last cruise season, climbing from 16,830 to 20,865 this year.