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January 11, 2018
Port of Prince Rupert container business up 26% in 2017
Cargo moving through the Port of Prince Rupert rose to a record volume of 24.1 million tonnes in 2017, anchored by 26% growth in its intermodal container business and growth of dry bulk cargo volumes.
Overall tonnage through the port was up 28% from 2016, and exceeds the previous record high of 23 million tonnes set in 2013.
"The increasingly diversified nature of the gateway, combined with terminal expansion and the introduction of new logistics services, is paying dividends to Canadians," said Bud Smith, Chair of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. "The Port of Prince Rupert remains well-positioned to accommodate growth of Canadian trade in the Asia-Pacific region, and we continue to advance expansion that will see us become Canada's second largest port by volume in the next decade."
At the Fairview Container Terminal, DP World completed its expansion of the Fairview Terminal, increasing annual throughput capacity by 60% and enabling the terminal to move 926,540 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
At the Ridley Terminals the bulk-handling facility specializing in the shipment of steel-making coal from Northeastern British Columbia, saw total shipments rebound to 7.6 million tonnes, a 90% increase over 2016 volumes.
The Prince Rupert Grain Terminal saw a slight decrease of 6% based on lower volumes of wheat, but exceeded a total of 5 million tonnes for the fifth straight year.
Source: Port of Prince Rupert
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