Container Tonnage Up By Almost 60 Per Cent

SAINT JOHN (NB) – Container tonnage was up 59 per cent over 2012 statistics at the close of 2013.

It was a stellar year for container traffic through the Port. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest container line, spent their first full year calling Port Saint John. Hapag-Lloyd, another global container line, began offering their services through long-time Port partner Tropical Shipping in October.

Container tonnage increased from 312,000 tonnes in 2012 to 497,000 in 2013. Container TEUs increased from 50,672 in 2012 to 76,269 in 2013.

2012 2013
Liquid Bulk
Petroleum, LNG, molasses, etc.
26.5 25.9
Dry Bulk
Potash, recycled metals, petcoke, etc.
0.873 1.16
Break Bulk
Forest products & project cargo
0.065 0.059
Miscellaneous dry & refrigerated cargo
0.312 0.497
Total 26.96 27.6
TEUs 50,672 76,269

“Our increase in container tonnage speaks to the confidence these shipping lines have put in our Port and for good reason. Our Port team and network of stakeholders work to give local shippers and receivers more options, boosting the province’s economy as a result. These numbers speak to our positive growth and potential as a port,” Jim Quinn, president and CEO, said.

Port Saint John is Eastern Canada’s largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.

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Media contact:

Hilary Paige Smith
Communications Assistant
Port Saint John
(506) 635-5400
[email protected]

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