Port of Vancouver Expects a Huge increase in Mineral Shipments
G. S. CRAWFORD, Head, Economies & Market Research, British Columbia Research Council, Vancouver, B.C.
Forecasts prepared by the B.C. Research Council for the National Harbours Board suggest that mineral shipments through B.C. Lower Mainland port facilities will increase more than four-fold, from 6 to about 25 million tons, during the decade 1965 to 1975. The longer term outlook is for a six-fold increase to about 35 million tons by 1985. In 1967, minerals accounted for more than one-third of the total deep-sea traffic tonnage, nearly as much as grain. By 1975, the minerals' share will be about half the total. The principal items are exports of potash from Saskatchewan, and of coal and sulphur from Alberta and British Columbia. Additional exports include copper and other mineral concentrates and propane. lmports are chiefly salt and phosphate rock. Coastal traffic in such items as cement, sand and gravel, and limestone totalled 3.3 million tons in 1967. They will continue to be of major importance, but do not have the spectacular growth potential of the deep-sea traffic.
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