Traffic through the port of Prince Rupert up almost 20 per cent from 2010

Imports through Fairview Terminal were up more than 35 per cent this November compared to last.

Imports through Fairview Terminal were up more than 35 per cent this November compared to last as all sectors of port operations in Prince Rupert are on track to have a better 2011 than 2010.

The total tonnage handed at Fairview Terminal was up 30.4 per cent this year – from 30,659.8 TEUs to 39,986 TEUs – while the total tonnage handled in the first 11 months of 2011 is up 15.4 per cent compared to the same time last year. On the import side of things, there were 21,697.8 TEUs moving through Prince Rupert compared to 15,987.5 TEUs last year, a difference of 35.7 per cent, while the total imports for the year to date are up 16.2 per cent to sit at 209,744 TEUs through to the end of November.

While the number of loaded containers being exported through Prince Rupert only rose three per cent compared to 2010, the tonnage shipped throughout the year is up 65.1 per cent and sits at 92,125.8 tonnes compared to 55,815.3 last year. The number of empty TEUs handled was up 61 per cent this November compared to last, the year-to-date figure is down 19.8 per cent meaning fewer containers are going through the facility empty.

Ridley Terminals, which is in the midst of expanding capacity, saw its tonnage drop by 16.7 per cent from last November to this November, but RTI still looks poised to surpass last year’s record numbers with a 21.9 per cent increase in throughput from the first 11 months of 2010. Prince Rupert Grain saw a modest 1.7 per cent increase compared to last November, but is up 16.5 per cent year-to-date, while the number of logs shipped so far this year is up 32.6 per cent despite an 88.5 per cent drop in the numbers this November compared to last.

Overall, the tonnage handled by Prince Rupert’s port facilities was down six per cent this November compared to last, but it up 19.3 per cent from the first 11 months of 2010 and is sitting at 17.47 million tonnes with one month left in the calendar year.