Grain and oilseed shipments through the Port of Prince Rupert are on a roll.
Statistics released last week by the Prince Rupert Port Authority show a 15.5 percent year-over-year increase in shipments of cereal grains, canola and grain pellets during the first seven months of 2013.
Between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2013 Prince Rupert Grain shipped 3.1 million tonnes of product, up from 2.7 million tonnes a year earlier.
Canola accounted for most of those gains.
Canola shipments during the first seven months of 2013 stood at 866,000 tonnes, up from 413,000 tonnes over the same period in 2012.
That represents a 109 percent increase.
Barley shipments were also up sharply at more than 107,000 tonnes, an increase of 138 percent over the 45,000 tonnes shipped during the same period a year earlier.
Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the port authority, said grain operations at the port generated positive numbers during the 2012-13 crop year.
Total shipments of grain and oilseeds in the 12 months ending July 31 were 5.15 million tonnes, up from 4.74 million tonnes in 2011-12.