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THE Port of Vancouver's container volume increased 11 per cent year on year to 3.3 million TEU, reports American Shipper.

The port handled 1.7 million TEU of laden inbound containers, up 11 per cent from 2016, and laden exports of 1.1 million TEU about the same as the year before. There were 46 per cent more empties through, mostly outbound.

Overall a record 142.1 million tonnes moved through the port in 2017, a five per cent increase from 2016, announced the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Port authority CEO Robin Silvester said the volumes reflected the strength of the Canadian economy in 2017, and the port's ability to accommodate a diverse range of cargo.

The port is served by 20 liner services from outside of North America, 16 of which are fully cellular, two open hatch services, one multi-purpose service, and one pure car/truck carrier service, according to BlueWater Reporting.

The largest containerships calling at the port are on THE Alliance's transpacific PN3, with the loop's vessel size averaging 13,219 TEU, according to BlueWater Reporting.

A record 23.6 million tonnes of grain, eight per cent more than in 2016, moved through Vancouver in 2017, the fourth consecutive year of record grain shipments.

Breakbulk volumes were up two per cent from 2016, while a record year for auto sales in Canada caused automobile volumes to rise nine per cent.


  • 2018-03-08