On July 10 the Prince Rupert Port Authority released its traffic stats through the first half of 2012, and Fairview Terminal has well surpassed the numbers from the first six months of 2011.
So far this year Fairview has handled 79.3 per cent more traffic than the first three months of 2011, with 272,145.9 TEUs passing through Prince Rupert compared to 151,783.8 TEUs in 2011. Imports through Prince Rupert are up 74.2 per cent, sitting at 154,754 this year compared to 88,843 last year, while exports are up 86.5 per cent and are at 117,391.5 TEUs with the number of loaded exports up 56.8 per cent.
When looking at year-to-year numbers, there was 52.6 per cent more traffic this June than last, with imports up 51.9 per cent and exports up 53.4 per cent.
After a slow start to the year, Ridley Terminals is slightly above the record year experienced in 2011. So far 5.67 million tonnes of product has moved through the terminal compared to 4.98 million tonnes last year, a difference of 13.9 per cent. In June the terminal moved 42.9 per cent more product than in 2011, with over 1.38 million tonnes shipped.
The news isn’t all good though, as Prince Rupert Grain is down 6.6 per cent from 2.71 million tonnes last year to 2.53 million tonnes this year. In June the terminal shipped just over 300,000 tonnes compared to the 474,749 tonnes shipped last June.
While log exports through the harbour were up 16.5 per cent this June compared to last June, the overall tonnage of logs exported is down 41.7 per cent from the first six months of 2011with 160,556 tonnes shipped this year compared to 275,480 tonnes shipped last year.
Overall tonnage through the port of Prince Rupert is up 16.9 per cent in the first half of 2011. Already over 11 million tonnes has passed through Prince Rupert compared to 9.48 million tonnes last year, a year that saw the Prince Rupert Port Authority handle a record level of traffic.
When it comes to passenger and vehicle traffic, the numbers for BC Ferries in the first six month of 2011 is down 4.9 per cent, and the numbers for the Alaska Ferry System are down 8.8 per cent.