After a strong year in 2010, numbers from the Prince Rupert Port Authority show traffic through the various terminals was up in 2011.
Fairview Terminal saw a 20 per cent increase in traffic, from 343,366 TEUs in 2010 to 410,469 TEUs in 2011, with the number of loaded TEUs increasing by 30 per cent from last year to this year.
Imports through Fairview Terminal were up 20 per cent to sit at 233,146 TEUs. While exports were up 17 per cent, the figure to note is the number of loaded containers being shipped out through prince Rupert was up 59 per cent, surpassing 100,000 TEUs in 2011, while the number of containers being sent back empty was down 13 per cent.
In 2011 Ridley Terminals shattered the record they set in 2010. In total the terminal shipped 9.64 million tonnes of product compared to 8.3 million tonnes in 2010, a difference of 16 per cent. Of note, the amount of metallurgical coal shipped in 2011 was up 40 per cent from 2010.
Prince Rupert Grain saw a 17 per cent increase in its shipments this year, with just over five million tonnes shipped in 2011 compared to 4.29 million tonnes in 2010.
The number of logs shipped from the harbour was up almost 50 per cent, climbing from 342,265 tonnes in 2010 to 510,654 tonnes in 2011.
In total, the tonnage through the Prince Rupert Port Authority was up 18 per cent in 2011.