HPA releases 2002 results

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HALIFAX, N.S. — The Port of Halifax released its cargo results for 2002 yesterday.

Total port cargo finished the year at 12.84 million tonnes with increases in breakbulk, Ro/Ro, bulk oilrig supplies, gypsum and coal.

“We’ve held steady this year,” says Patricia McDermott, VP Marketing, Halifax Port Authority (HPA). “Business picked up through the last quarter of 2002 and we expect this trend to continue into this year.”

Bulk cargo accounted for 8.21 million tonnes for the year. Container cargo totalled 4.3 million tonnes equating to 524,336 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Breakbulk traffic increased to 160,390 tonnes this year, which included a significant increase in iron/steel products as well as increases in machinery, rubber and oilrig supplies. Ro/Ro traffic also increased to 204,717 tonnes.

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