Traffic through Prince Rupert’s Fairview Terminal almost doubles in first quarter

Tonnage through Prince Rupert's Fairview Terminal has almost doubled compared to the first three months of last year.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority released its stats through the end of March, and it shows tonnage through Fairview Terminal has almost doubled compared to the first three months of last year.

Total tonnage at Fairview Terminal in March was up 119.6 per cent compared to last March, while so far this year Fairview Terminal has handled 95.4 per cent more volume and is sitting at 127,785.4 TEUs.

Imports through Prince Rupert were up 138.2 per cent in March, sitting at over 29,000 TEUs for the month, and so far this year imports are up 98.1 per cent, climbing from 35,464 TEUs in the first quarter of last year to 70,265.9 TEUs in the first quarter of 2012. Exports in March also doubled compared to 2011, while so far this year there has been a 92.3 per cent increase in TEUs handled at Fairview Terminal, climbing from 29,917 last year to 57,519.5 TEUs this year.

After two months of decline, Ridley Terminals saw its tonnage handled in March increase by 29.3 per cent to sit at 1.1 million tonnes. However, RTI will finish the first quarter down 19 per cent compared to the first three months of 2011 and has so far handled 1.95 million tonnes.

Prince Rupert Grain saw a drop in tonnage this March compared to last, falling by 14 per cent, while the year-to-date figure shows the terminal is up 1.3 per cent and has so far handled 1.28 million tonnes.

The number of logs being shipped through the harbour continues to decline, falling from 45,267 tonnes in March 2011 to 22,018 tonnes this March. So far this year the number of logs shipped is down 77.5 per cent – falling from 149,232 tonnes in the first three months of last year to 33,586 tonnes this year.

The end result is that the total tonnage handled by Prince Rupert Port Authority terminals was up 26.4 per cent this March compared to last and the total handled in the first three months of the year is up 1.5 per cent and sits at 4.53 million tonnes compared to 4.47 million tonnes last year.

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