As Fairview Terminal nears its fifth anniversary on Wednesday, container traffic through Prince Rupert continues to climb.
While there was only a slight increase this August compared to last, up 9.5 per cent to 47,524 TEUs, so far this year the terminal is up 52.6 per cent and sits at 368,647 TEUs compared to 241,635 for the first eight months of 2011.
Imports were up 5.6 per cent this August, while so far this year that number is up 49.4 per cent and has surpassed 208,5057 TEUs. Exports were up 14.6 per cent this August, though the number of loaded containers being shipped out dropped by 1.2 per cent, and so far this year there has been a 56.9 per cent increase in exports, which now sit at 160,089.8 TEUs.
With expansion now well underway, Ridley Terminals is also well ahead of the first eight months of 2011. August numbers were down 11.7 per cent, but so far this year Ridley Terminals has shipped 7.64 million tonnes compared to 6.55 million tonnes last year, a jump of 16.5 per cent.
The same good news, however, can not be said for Prince Rupert Grain. The terminal was down 14.9 per cent this August compared to last August, and so far this year the tonnage is down 10.4 per cent and sits at 2.88 million tonnes compared to 3.2 million tonnes last year.
Tonnage in the harbour is also down this year, dropping 38.9 per cent in the first eight months of 2012 compared to 2011.
While the total tonnage for the Prince Rupert Port Authority was down 7.9 per cent this August compared to last, so far this year it is up 15.1 per cent compared to the record year experienced in 2011.