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Prince Rupert box traffic rises 26pc while overall cargo falls 4.8pc

THE Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia handled a record 776,412 TEU in 2015, representing a year-on-year increase of 26 per cent. 

Prince Rupert box traffic rises 26pc while overall cargo falls 4.8pc
29 January 2016 - 23:04
Prince Rupert box traffic rises 26pc while overall cargo falls 4.8pc

THE Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia handled a record 776,412 TEU in 2015, representing a year-on-year increase of 26 per cent. 

But total cargo throughput decreased by 4.8 per cent to 19.6 million tons, pulled down by a 38 per cent decline in coal and petroleum coke volumes at 4.4 million tons.

"While down marginally from last year's total volume, 2015 was historically the fourth best year on record, and signifies the port's ability to weather commodity cycles and capitalise on opportunities for expansion and new development, " Port of Prince Rupert CEO Don Krusel.

Grain volumes dropped three per cent from 2014 to 6.255 million tons; wood pellet shipments rose 44 per cent year on year to reach 734,598 tons in 2015, while log shipments were up 24 per cent to total 434,955 tons. Project cargo was flat at 2,278 tons.

Last year saw significant progress made on the Phase II North expansion project at the Fairview Container Terminal, with the addition of 500,000 TEU of capacity, putting the project on schedule for completion in mid-2017. 

The project will expand the wharf to 800 metres in length, provide a second deep-water berth and raise the annual throughout capacity to over 1.3 million TEU.

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