As activity at the facilities of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) approaches the halfway point of 2014, cargo statistics compiled thus far strongly suggest that 2014 will be another successful year at the Port of Philadelphia, with the fifth year of double-digit cargo growth a likely development.
Comparing the period of January to May 2014 with January to May 2013, containers have increased almost 29%; breakbulk cargoes have increased almost 16%; ro-ro cargoes have increased almost 7%; and liquid bulk cargoes have increased more than 5%. All told, total cargo tonnage at PRPA facilities is up over 13% year on year.
Containers have been a stand-out so far this year, with 177,335 teu handled during January to May 2014 compared to the 137,734 teu handled during the same period in 2013. Counted as metric tonnage, 1,152,862 tonnes of containerised cargo was handled compared to the 982,641 tonnes handled during the same period of 2013.