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Port activity slowed at 2001’s start

OTTAWA, Ont. - According to the latest news released from Statistics Canada, economic activity at Canada's ports fell slightly during the first six months of 2001.Canada's ports handled 179.2 million ...


OTTAWA, Ont. – According to the latest news released from Statistics Canada, economic activity at Canada’s ports fell slightly during the first six months of 2001.

Canada’s ports handled 179.2 million metric tonnes of cargo between January and June last year, down 2.5 per cent from the same period in 2000.

Shipments fell in six of the nation’s 12 major ports, including the busiest, Vancouver, which accounted for 21 per cent of all shipping in Canada. Vancouver handled 37.5 million tonnes of cargo, down 3.8 per cent.

The biggest decline was recorded by Port-Cartier, where shipments fell 54.8 per cent to 3.8 million tonnes, as a result of a sharp decrease in loadings of iron ore.

The picture was brighter for Atlantic ports. Saint John reported a 28.1 per cent increase in shipments to almost 12.1 million tonnes, while Port Hawkesbury had a 48.7 per cent increase to 11.6 million tonnes.

Gains in inbound foreign cargo were more than offset by an 8.4 per cent decline in outbound shipments to foreign ports, which fell to 83.3 million tonnes. Particularly hard hit were loadings of iron ore, which declined 28.4 per cent. Coal shipments to other countries declined 7.2 per cent, while wheat shipments were down 20.2 per cent.

Ports at Vancouver and Prince Rupert were particularly hard hit by the declines in outbound coal and wheat shipments.

Canada’s top five ports by tonnage handled were:

1. Vancouver – 37,521 tonnes

2. Saint John – 12,078 tonnes

3. Port Hawkesbury – 11,577 tonnes

4. Sept-iles/Pte-Noire – 9,346 tonnes

5. Montreal/Contrecoeur – 8,990 tonnes.


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