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Over 20 million tonnes moved through the port of Prince Rupert so far in 2012

With one month left in the year, tonnage through the Prince Rupert Port Authority is up almost 20 per cent compared to the record-breaking year seen in 2011.

So far this year more than 20.35 million tonnes have moved through Prince Rupert compared to 17.47 million tonnes last year, a difference of 17 per cent. At least part of that is being driven by a strong November that saw every facet of operation jump year over year, with 63 per cent more tonnage handed last month compared to November 2011.

Fairview Terminal handled 43,533 TEUs in November, up nine per cent from last November, and so far this year the terminal is up 40 per cent compared to last. Imports were up 17 per cent this November compared to last, sitting at 25,286 TEUs, while exports were down a negligible 37 TEUs. In terms of the year so far, imports through Prince Rupert are up 39 per cent and sit at 290,566 TEUs while exports are up 42 per cent and sit at 225,358 TEUs.

Ridley Terminals, which is in the midst of an expansion to double its capacity, saw a 117 per cent increase in traffic this November compare to last with more than 1.6 million tonnes going through the terminal. After a record year in 2011, the terminal is up 20 per cent so far this year and has moved more than 10.6 million tonnes compared to 8.9 million tonnes last year.

Prince Rupert Grain was up 16 per cent this November compared to last, shipping over 566,010 tonnes, but remains down five per cent overall in 2012.

Undoubtedly the largest jump among port facilities was log exports through the harbour. Last November there were 7,308 tonnes shipped compared to 58,333 tonnes this year – a difference of 698 per cent. Regardless though, log shipping through the harbour is down 30 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011.

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