February 25 - Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) posted a 110.37 percent year-on-year increase in the number of project cargoes handled at the port in January 2015.

The port handled a total of 3,389 tonnes of project cargo in January 2015, compared with just 1,611 tonnes in the same period of 2014.

Overall breakbulk volumes, however, showed just a 1 percent increase, with 107,683 tonnes handled in January 2015, compared with 106,929 tonnes handled in the previous year.

PRPA also posted a 15 percent increase in all cargo handled at its facilities in January 2015, which it mainly put down to growth in liquid bulk, ro-ro and containerised cargoes.

20,349 tonnes of ro-ro cargo moved through the port in January of this year, compared with 18,768 tonnes handled in the same period of 2014 - an 8.42 percent tonnage increase.

"We're very proud of the 15 percent increase in cargo we experienced at the start of this year compared to the start of last year," said PRPA executive director James McDermott. "While it is still very early in the year, these initial cargo figures demonstrate that a very productive 2015 is on the horizon at the Port of Philadelphia."