Cargo statistics for the first six months of the year from the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) suggest that the Port of Philadelphia could see its fifth successive year of double-digit cargo growth.
Compared with January – June 2013, this year has seen container traffic increase by more than 29%, breakbulks by almost 13%, roro cargo by almost 5% and liquid bulks by more than 4%. All told, cargo tonnage at PRPA facilities has increased by more than 13%.
Containers have been a stand out for the year so far, with 219,060 teu handled between January and June; containerised tonnage was also up, from 1.18m tonnes for the period last year to 1.41m tonnes in 2014, a 19% increase.
On the breakbulk side of the business, steel and forest products showed particular gains: 194,519 tonnes of steel were handled compared with 116, 249 tonnes the year before (+67%) and products including lumber, wood pulp and high-quality paper went up 14%. The levels of fruit and cocoa beans were consistent with last year.
The major roro cargo at the port continues to be cars, principally new Hyundai and Kia vehicles shipped from South Korea, and the number of units increased by almost 6% to 72,722.
“As I commented this past spring when preliminary cargo figures began rolling in, we’re really entering a great period,” said PRPA chairman Charles Kopp. “The Port of Philadelphia has a formula in place for continued high performance.”