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Port of Prince Rupert moves record volumes in 2017

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Cargo moving through Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert rose to a record volume of 24.1 million t in 2017, secured 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 t 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, which increased annual throughput capacity by 60% and enabling the terminal to move 926 540 TEUs.

At Ridley Terminals, the bulk handling facility specialising in the shipment of steelmaking coal from Northeastern British Columbia, saw total shipments rebound to 7.6 million t, a 90% increase over 2016 volumes.

At Westview Terminal, the wood pellet terminal saw a significant increase in biofuel volumes, up 22% to 1.1 million t, representing the export of nearly half of Canada’s entire wood pellet production.

Prince Rupert Grain Terminal saw a slight decrease of 6% based on lower volumes of wheat, but exceeded a total of 5 million t for the fifth straight year.

“The strength of the port’s performance last year is a further validation of the Port of Prince Rupert's strategic advantages and the effective collaboration of our partners who operate the terminals, trains, trucks and other trade-related businesses across the northern corridor,” said Joe Rektor, Interim President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “The women and men dedicated to the safe and efficient movement of goods through the Port of Prince Rupert are in a class of their own, and remain a key reason why we’re growing trans-Pacific trade and helping build a better Canada.”

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