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7/24/2008



Rail News: Intermodal

Prince Rupert port boosts cargo, container volumes in first half


During the first half, the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, handled 5.5 million tons of cargo, up 11 percent compared with first-half 2007's total.

The port's Fairview Container Terminal handled 242,555 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an average of 7,093 TEUs per month. Outbound containers — predominantly heading to Asia — accounted for about half of the volume.
 
The port's weekly container volumes have been steadily increasing since early April, rising from 1,232 TEUs to a record of 2,631 TEUs.

A COSCO/K-Line/Yang Ming/Hanjin alliance recently announced plans to ship cargo from Hong Kong and China to North America each week via the port. COSCO launched an initial weekly port call to Prince Rupert in October 2007. Canadian National Railway Co., the port and Maher Terminals of Canada Corp. partnered to build an intermodal terminal and distribution center at the port last year.
 
"The container volumes at the Fairview Terminal are continuing to increase almost on a weekly basis while the West Coast trend is a decrease in container imports," said Shaun Stevenson, the Prince Rupert Port Authority's vice president of marketing and business development, in a prepared statement.


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