Sustainability, capacity and efficiency keep port moving
METRO VANCOUVER, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's largest and most diverse
port has released its 2011 year-end results, with strong, stable
numbers showing continued growth in key sectors. The 2011 year-end
statistics report shows that Port Metro Vancouver handled 122.5 million
tonnes of cargo, a 3.4 per cent increase over 2010.
The 2011 throughput volumes reflect the strength of Port Metro
Vancouver's diversity, moving goods and passengers across five business
sectors, and building further on several records set in 2010. The Port
saw continued growth in laden export containers, a key indicator of the
demand for Canadian cargo by Asian economies. Canada's natural
resources volumes continue to show strong growth, with new records set
in coal, potash and forest products exports.
"What we have seen in 2011 is resiliency in the Canadian export market;
and as international economies continue to face many difficult
challenges, Canada's natural resources sectors stand as a cornerstone
of the Canadian economy," said Robin Silvester, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver. "Our natural geographical
advantage as the closest major Gateway to Asia Pacific economies
presents continuing opportunities for growth in the coming years."
Total foreign tonnage at Port Metro Vancouver posted a 2.5 per cent
increase with 95.6 million tonnes.
"Port Metro Vancouver's strong growth in moving exports to priority
markets in the Asian-Pacific region demonstrates clearly how the
Federal Government's strategic investments and partnerships in building
the Asia-Pacific Gateway continue to help strengthen our economy by
positioning Canada as the gateway of choice between Asia and North
America," said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade,
and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "With one in five Canadian
jobs generated by trade, deepening Canada's trade and investment ties
in priority markets around the world is a key part of our plan to
create jobs and prosperity for Canadian workers, businesses and
Total domestic tonnage increased by 7 per cent to 26.9 million tonnes.
"I would like to congratulate Port Metro Vancouver for its continued
growth and success," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister
Blair Lekstrom. "PMV is a vital part of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs
Plan. PMV is a key player in getting B.C. and Canadian goods to market
through Canada's Pacific Gateway - the preferred gateway for business
to and from Asia and North America."
Port Metro Vancouver trades $75 billion in goods annually with more than
160 trading economies, generating across Canada an estimated 129,500
jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $10.5 billion in GDP. For full
details, please read Port Metro Vancouver's Statistics Overview 2011.
Port Metro Vancouver 2011 Year-end Stats Backgrounder
Strong, Stable Performance: Key Sectors
Auto volumes dropped 22 per cent, a reflection of international challenges
resulting from the major disruption of manufacturing in Japan due to
the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. By the fourth quarter,
volumes were rebounding and the Port anticipates a stronger 2012.
Breakbulk cargo is down 4.4 per cent overall; however, foreign breakbulk imports
have posted a 30 per cent increase due to the strength in Canadian
demand for foreign steel and construction materials. Breakbulk lumber
exports rose 107 per cent, primarily due to strong demand from China.
Bulk volumes set records with dry bulk cargoes like coal up 7.8 per cent
overall, with thermal coal exports rising 46 per cent to a record 11.7
million metric tonnes, and potash posting a 30 per cent increase and
setting a new record of 7.2 million metric tonnes. Liquid bulk cargo
ended the year down 20 per cent, largely due to lack of capacity at the
Container traffic at Port Metro Vancouver has continued to keep pace with a
record setting 2010, with volumes flat at 2.5 million TEUs*, supported
by a 6 per cent increase in containerized exports.
Cruise voyage and passenger numbers have increased with 199 cruise calls and
663,425 passengers in 2011 representing a 15 per cent increase.
*Twenty-foot equivalent unit containers
Sustainability and Stability Achievements
In 2011, Port Metro Vancouver advanced a long-term visioning exercise, Port 2050, which has provided a strategic framework for conversations
and discussions to inform the update of land use plan now taking place.
The Port also released its first ever Sustainability Report: The Way Forward, underscoring the importance of each of economic, social and
environmental initiatives to growth and prosperity.
Spring 2011 saw the unprecedented eight year labour agreement between the BC Maritime Employers Association and International
Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, representing stability at Port
Metro Vancouver as a key competitive advantage.
SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Barbara Joy-Kinsella, Media Relations