The DP World container terminal is pictured at the Port of Vancouver in Vancouver, Monday, Feb 11, 2019.
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Crude petroleum and barley showed the most growth in volume shipped through the Port of Vancouver in 2018, according to statistics released on Thursday.The Cargo Statistics Report stated that cargo shipped through the Port of Vancouver reached a record 147 million tonnes in 2018 — a 3.5 per cent jump from 2017.The bulk of material that goes through the port is exports (115.6 million tonnes compared to 31.5 million tonnes of imports in 2018), however, the data showed imports grew by almost 10 per cent in 2018, while exports grew 1.9 per cent.The tops six classes of commodities shipped through the port’s facilities by volume were coal, grain and crops, forest products, chemicals and minerals, fertilizers and petroleum products.The biggest percentage jump in volume was crude petroleum which leaped 67.5 per cent to three million tonnes. Diesel and fuel oils and aviation fuel also recorded big rises. The bulk of petroleum products are imported into B.C.Canada’s bumper 2018 grain harvest and strong overseas demand was credited with the volume increase for barley, which grew 48 per cent over 2017 to 1.9 million tonnes. Wheat exports were down slightly.Container shipments grew 4.4 per cent to a record volume.Coal shipments were relatively steady at 37.6 million tonnes. B.C. exports twice as much metallurgical coal as thermal coal.The forest category was also steady, at 25.9 million tonnes. However, within that there was quite a bit of variance with log exports up 15 per cent to 9.7 million tonnes and waste paper volume down 33 per cent to 511,000 tonnes.The cruise ship industry continued its growth with a 5.5 per cent increase in passenger numbers in 2018. This increase played a role in record international tourism numbers to B.C., released on Monday.The Port of Vancouver includes 28 marine terminals, including Centerm and Canada Place in Vancouver, Delta Port near Tsawwassen and the Surrey Fraser Docks.Related email@example.com/davidcarrigg