Monday, January 28, 2019

Containers, Coal and Wood Pellets lead the way in Port of Prince Rupert December and Year End numbers

Over ten million tonnes of cargo set the pace for movements through
the Port of Prince Rupert in year end results from the Port

The Port of Prince Rupert released its finals stats for 2018 last week and the shipments out of the various terminal locations along the Prince Rupert water front are delivered some strong results through the last twelve months.

Movements of TEU's out of Fairview Terminal led the way with December delivering a significant spike in the year to year numbers, with December 2019 finding 908,000 tonnes of cargo passing through the facility making for a year end total of 10,360,090.00 tonnes.

The strong results continued for Ridley Terminals as coal exports to Asia continued on at torrid pace, with Ridley shipping 917,000 tonnes of coal in December, topping the 9 million mark for the year end totals, a significant jump from 7.5 million tonnes shipped at the end of 2017.

The ongoing expansion of the Pinnacle Pellet production facilities is also having a major impact on the Prince Rupert Westview Terminal, And while December delivered a reduced number of shipment totals from December 2017, the Overall shipments in 2018 topped the 1.2 million mark.

The success that the Westview Terminal has found this year was celebrated by the Port of Prince Rupert last week, which noted that the year end results, herald the start of increased results for the future and the placement of Prince Rupert's shipping facility as a national leader in biofuel exports.

Grain shipments out of the Prince Rupert Grain Terminal saw an increase in December numbers compared to 2017, however some of the early season woes of CN Rail's much documented infrastructure concerns did contribute to lower year end numbers compared to 2017.

To address the issues of last year, CN Rail introduced an aggressive program of infrastructure work through this year, adding a large volume of rail sidings and double tracking along the Northern Mainline from Alberta to Prince Rupert.

As well the continental railway launch an expansive hiring program to ensure that they have workers on hand to deliver grain and other products to the Prince Rupert facilities

You can review the full report from the Port Here, which offers a report available for download that expands on the snapshot of terminal performance throughout the region.

For more notes related to the Port of Prince Rupert and the range of terminals that are located on the Prince Rupert waterfront see our archive page here.

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