Port of Prince Rupert Delivers Record Year in the Midst of Pandemic

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The Port of Prince Rupert set a record for annual cargo volumes in 2020. The port moved 32.4 million tonnes of cargo, up nine per cent from 2019. The highest volumes were seen in coal, propane, and wood pellets. The port attributes the growth is attributed to diversification of cargoes and dedication to maintaining a safe work environment through the pandemic. The Port’s highest total volume to date was led by a rise in exports of coal, propane, and wood pellets. Ridley Terminal saw a year-over-year increase of 26 percent, driven by demand for thermal coal. AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal marked its first full year of operation in May 2020 and ended the year with 1,159,207 tonnes loaded onto 27 vessels bound for Asia. Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Westview Terminal had a record year, exporting 1,474,301 tonnes of wood pellets, an increase of 33 percent over 2019. Factory shutdowns in Asia and locked down economies in North America caused a 19 percent drop in container traffic in the second quarter. However, volumes rebounded and DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal finished a mere six percent down with 1,141,390 TEUs moving through the Port for the year, attributed mostly to a decline in the volume of empty containers being shipped through Prince Rupert back to Asia.

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