Port Saint John 2017 reports 15% gain in year-over-year cargo tonnage

SAINT JOHN (NB) – Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017.  Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016.

All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017.  Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.  This second global container service joined MSC who have been calling Port Saint John on a weekly basis since 2012.

“Our significant increase in tonnage for 2017 is attributable to the success of our stakeholders in the bulk sectors (dry, liquid and breakbulk) as well as our first year of operations with DP World at the multi-purpose cargo terminals on the West Side.   The DP World partnership blends their global reach and influence together with our terminal modernization project to achieve the common objective of continued growth and a bright future for the Port and its supporting port service community,” said Jim Quinn, President & CEO of Port Saint John.

“The work of the entire port community contributes 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,” added Allen Bodechon, Chair of the Board of Directors for Port Saint John. “On behalf of our Board and the management and staff at Port Saint John we congratulate our stakeholders on a successful year.”

                                                          Port Saint John Cargo Statistics of Note

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Dry Bulk 1,932,868 MT 747,172 MT 1,357,008 MT 1,377,641 MT 1,161,950 MT
Liquid Bulk 28,101,794 MT 25,111,987 MT 24,451,230 MT 22,077,208 MT 25,942,760 MT
Break Bulk 33,519 MT 5,956 MT 17,098 MT 18,904 MT 59,376 MT
Containers 390,237 MT 573,181 MT 610,588 MT 565,493 MT 497,056 MT
TEUs 57,402 TEUs 90,262 TEUs 97,114 TEUs 89,615 TEUs 76,269 TEUs
Total Port 30,458.422 MT 26,438,301 MT 26,435,882 MT 24,039,247 27,661,153 MT
Vessels 927 874 894 835 864


 Port Saint John is Canada’s third 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, Director, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, Port Saint John, [email protected], (506) 650-5288

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