Canadian ports set 4th straight freight record
A new study says Canadian ports handled record-breaking levels of freight for the fourth straight year in 2005, as international cargo hit another high. Statistics Canada reports overall shipments increased at 14 of the country’s top 20 ports. Canada’s ports handled a record 470.1 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2005, up 3.7 per cent from the previous record set in 2004.
There were gains in domestic shipments of logs and other wood in the rough, as well as in stone, sand, gravel and crushed stone.
Domestic shipments of other metallic ores and concentrates, gasoline and aviation turbine fuel, along with newsprint also increased.
The agency reports declines in domestic shipments of iron ores and concentrates, fuel oils and coal.
Ports and marine terminals under 19 Canadian port authorities handled 53.2 per cent of total cargo, up slightly from their share in 2004.
Activity at these port authorities increased 5.2 per cent in 2005, a faster pace than the growth rate of 4.5 per cent in 2004.
International container traffic at Canadian ports hit another high during 2005 as ports handled more than 3.8 million 20-foot equivalents containing 31.9 million tonnes of cargo in 2005. However, the growth rate for both volume and tonnage of containerized cargo slipped from 2004.