Friday, May 17, 2013

Port Metro Vancouver Monthly Traffic Rises

Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest seaport, saw a total of 233,334 TEUs in April 2013, a slight jump from the 229,055 TEUs that port terminals saw during the same month in 2012, according to newly released data.

Of the containers traveling through the port last month, the vast majority, 211,841, were full, with about 118,000 of those being inbound containers and roughly 93,400 being outbound. Empties accounted for about 21,500 TEUs of the total volume handled during the month, with 9,000 of those being inbound and more than 12,400 being outbound. Of April 2012’s container volume of 229,055, about 211,700 were full containers and about 17,400 empties.

The month has been the busiest so far for Metro Vancouver terminals during 2013, ahead of the second busiest month, January, by about 7,000 TEUs. During the first four months of 2013, the port moved 876,293 units, up from roughly 856,600 TEUs during the same time period in 2012.

Of those 876,293 units, the vast majority, 442,585, were loaded inbound TEUs, followed by about 349,600 loaded outbound containers.

Metro Vancouver’s volume levels make it the third busiest port on the North American West Coast, behind Los Angeles and Long Beach, which saw totals of 2.4 million and two million TEUs respectively, during the same first four months of the 2013.