Port Metro Vancouver Releases Mid Year Stats
Prince Rupert Volumes Up
The first six months of 2008 saw 42,555 TEUs (435,550 tonnes) move through the Fairview Container Terminal, an average of 7,093 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per month. Outbound containers accounted for nearly 50% of the throughput, of which 39% were fully laden for export to Asia.
Weekly container volumes through Prince Rupert have been steadily increasing since early April, from 1,232 TEUs to a record of 2,631 TEUs, compared to the North American West Coast port trend of declines in container imports.
The Port of Prince Rupert's overall performance continues to improve as well. Total volume throughput from January to June 2008 was 5,517,337 tonnes, up 11% compared to 5,021,819 for the first six months of 2007. The container volume of 435,550 tonnes and Ridley Terminals' 2,741,906 tonnes (+8.5%) led the increase in throughput, while product through Prince Rupert Grain decreased 8.5% from 2,607,407 to 2,170,643 tonnes.
New Directors Named to Port Metro Vancouver
New Super Post-Panamax Crane en Route
One of the world’s largest Super Post-Panamax dock-side gantry cranes will arrive at Port Metro Vancouver after leaving China by ship 3 weeks ago. DP World, the terminal operator for Centerm container terminal on the south shore of Burrard Inlet, will take delivery of the crane from supplier Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) of Shanghai.
The crane features total lift capacity of 65 tonnes and can lift two containers at a time. View News Release.
New Potash Terminal for Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert Port Authority has announced that Canpotex has selected Prince Rupert as the site for a new West Coast potash terminal.
The Canpotex potash terminal will be located on Ridley Island, a 1,000-acre greenfield industrial property with deepwater access managed by the PRPA. The site currently has rail access that services Prince Rupert Grain and Ridley Terminals Inc. PRPA's proposal to Canpotex includes extending rail access and other infrastructure to the potash terminal, which also paves the way for additional developments that will provide shippers with improved reliability, timeliness and efficiency in moving their products to market.