Prince Rupert records 12 year-high cargo volumes in 2009



Prince Rupert, B.C.; January 25, 2010 - The Port of Prince Rupert has sailed safely through the receding global economic storm, recording its highest volume throughput since 1997. The port handled 12,173,672 tonnes of cargo in 2009, up 15 per cent over 2008 volumes. The higher volumes in 2009 were not driven by one line of business, but were up for most Prince Rupert facilities including containers and bulk cargo.

The Fairview Container Terminal handled 265,259 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2009, a 45.9 per cent increase over 2008, despite the global economic downturn that has resulted in declining container traffic through other North American West Coast ports. Prince Rupert Port Authority President & CEO Don Krusel says over the first two full years of operations, Fairview Terminal and CN’s North American network has provided shippers unparalleled reliability, speed and cost efficiency year round. “We are confident that the Port of Prince Rupert and our partners, including CN, Maher Terminals, longshore workers and the shipping lines, have demonstrated the competitive advantages of the Port of Prince Rupert as a gateway for transpacific container trade,” notes Mr. Krusel. “Our continued growth reflects the increasing confidence and satisfaction of our customers with the quality of service they are receiving through the Prince Rupert Gateway.”

On the bulk cargo side of the business, Prince Rupert Grain (PRG) volumes jumped 35.1 per cent to 5,080,834 tonnes, the terminal’s highest throughput since 1994. Wheat shipments, the core of PRG’s business, were up 55.8 per cent to 4,638,010 tonnes, offsetting decreases in volumes for barley, canola and grain pellets. Ridley Terminals Inc. experienced a surge in coal volumes in the second half 2009, following a weak first half, to push total traffic to 4,159,679 tonnes. This was down 14.2% for the year compared to 2008. While overall metallurgical and thermal coal volumes declined 30.9 per cent due to weak global demand, this was significantly offset by strong increases in coking coal (110.5 per cent), petroleum coke (46.4 per cent) and wood pellets (108.7 per cent). The Port of Prince Rupert also experienced increased cargo volumes for logs (79.6 per cent) and wax (30.8 per cent).

In the cruise business, passenger traffic was down 46.8 per cent as a result of the loss of a weekly cruise vessel port of call in 2009. Prince Rupert welcomed 55,097 guests from 31 cruise vessel visits last year, compared to 103,630 on 63 ships in 2008, the port’s best year since becoming an Alaska cruise port of call in 2004. Despite this decline in cruise ship traffic, Prince Rupert continues to improve its cruise tourism capabilities to support future growth of the sector.

Looking ahead in 2010, Mr. Krusel says the port remains focused on growing container volumes and furthering the progress of the Phase 2 expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal. A second priority is the development of the Ridley Industrial Park to accommodate new terminal and logistic services development to support the expansion of the Port of Prince Rupert. “We have not only created a new trade corridor for trans-pacific container trade, but also have drawn the attention of the shipping world and opened the door to a multitude of new investment and development opportunities.” More detailed information on the Port of Prince Rupert’s 2009 traffic statistics is available at Port of Prince Rupert 2009 Performance Statistics. The Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s second largest West Coast port, is strategically situated on the direct Great Circle Route from Asia, up to three days sailing time closer to Asia than other North American West Coast ports. The Port of Prince Rupert has the deepest natural harbour in North America and the safest Canadian West Coast harbour with significant capacity to expand. Prince Rupert is connected to the fastest and most efficient rail line across the Rocky Mountains, which also has significant capacity available to accommodate Prince Rupert’s growth. Port of Prince Rupert facilities include modern, high-throughput coal and grain terminals, an innovative intermodal container terminal and two cruise terminals. The Fairview Container Terminal is anchoring the fastest and most reliable trade corridor on the west coast, providing shippers a significant advantage over alternative gateways.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority and partners are well into the planning stage of the Phase 2 expansion to increase Fairview Terminal’s design capacity from 500,000 to 2,000,000 TEUs. This expansion is also a cornerstone of the Prince Rupert Gateway 2020 Initiative to develop in excess of 400 hectares of prime industrial oceanfront property on adjacent the Ridley Island Industrial Park. The initiative will create export and import logistics infrastructure and services, such as container stuffing and reload, cold storage, transload and short sea shipping, to provide criticalflexibility in the supply chain and greater connectivity for North American shippers.

The PRPA is also facilitating the development of new export capacities for bulk commodities including sulphur, potash and mineral concentrates, bulk liquids such as vegetable oils and petroleum products, and import capacities such as in-bound project cargo and automobiles.The new cruise ship facilities and a maturing cruise ship operation are also opening new opportunities to develop and grow Prince Rupert into a premier West Coast cruise port.

Edited to get rid of the SHOUTING CAPS.

yes with don kruzel and herb pond Rupert will
be blessed god will bring us back from the dark days
we have seen.

Are you for real?  Smoke another one DJ AJ…  I got some property for you to buy.
you will make millions if ya buy now.  And sell it in a year!  Trust me.

do we have to hear about god all the time in your posts? god won’t bring us more cans . walmart will :smile:

i know but we need a higher power to make prince
Rupert a power port we will be the hong kong of

Good, be nice to have a jackie chan movie filmed here

Let’s hope rupert doen’t become the “Hong kong” of BC.  I like the greenery here. 

Hong Kong is surprisingly green for a city of its size.  Lots of parks and trees and stuff.  Unlike some other Chinese cities.

“Hong Kong of BC” distinction belongs to Richmond.

I heard is was pretty filthy there- especially the water…but then again i have yet to go to Hong Kong…still I like Rupert sans gianormous skyscapers.  We get a pretty view here  :-D

Maybe some other Chinese city?  Do an image search for hong kong for some photos.  I’d say some of those cities that have a lot of manufacturing would be dirtier.

Prince Rupert is relatively dirty too, compared to some other towns of a similar size :smile:  Especially downtown.

Prince Rupert is gross! The whole city needs attention. Why do we pay so much in property tax and receive so little in return?

For one thing because the city council prefers to have the taxpayers subsidize the airport ferry to the tune about $750,000 - $1 million a year, out of the $15-16 million in taxes it collects, rather than increasing user fees.