Port Experiences Significant Year-Over-Year Traffic Increase of 10%

SAINT JOHN (NB) – During 2015 Port Saint John experienced an overall 10% increase over 2014 in all commodity sectors of port traffic, with a total tonnage figure of 26.4 million metric tonnes of cargo handled throughout the year.

Dramatic increases over the past four years in specific cargo sectors through Rodney Container Terminal and Courtenay Bay (dry bulk) contribute to a dramatic percentage increase of 53% in cargoes handled at Port Saint John facilities from 1.3 million metric tonnes in 2011 to 2 million metric tonnes in 2015. Cargo at private facilities rose 11% during 2015 to 24.4 million metric tonnes.

“Our strategic direction is set each year by our Board of Directors and underpinned by an inclusive approach to stakeholder engagement. This approach to work collectively on shared priorities continues to bear fruit for the entire port community,” noted Jim Quinn, President & CEO of Port Saint John.

“The Board of Directors is proud of the work our entire port community is doing to create growth at the Port. Activity that happens here is an important contributor to local economies across our Province. Products from all corners of the Province are shipped to the Port using New Brunswick truckers, rail and roads. The Port opens the global marketplace to New Brunswick producers,” said Peter Gaulton, Chair of the Board of Directors for Port Saint John.

Port Saint John Cargo Statistics of Note

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 % increase over 4 years
Dry Bulk (Potash, Salt, Recycled Metals and Petcoke) 1,357,008 MT 1,377,641 MT 1,161,950 MT 873,464 MT 936,429 MT 45%
Containers 610,588 MT 565,493 MT 497,056 MT 312,106 MT 257,429 MT 137%
TEUs 97,114 TEUs 89,615 TEUs 76,269 TEUs 51,758 TEUs 44,377 TEUs 119%

Port Saint John is Atlantic 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:

Paula Copeland
Manager of Corporate Communications
Port Saint John
Cell: (506) 650-5288
Email: [email protected]

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