Sailing Days Increased by 7.5% on Elimination of Vessel Incidents;
- Marine freight revenue (excluding fuel and other surcharges) increased by 9.0% to $39.6 million from $36.3 million. This increase was primarily attributable to contractual price increases and 88 additional Sailing Days. In addition, certain customer contract renewals included a reset of the base fuel price to reflect prevailing market conditions for fuel, resulting in an increase in marine freight revenue and an equivalent reduction in fuel surcharges.
- Marine freight revenue per Sailing Day increased by 1.4% to $31,383 from $30,943. This increase was offset by a weaker Canadian dollar and a shift in Sailing Days to aggregates from iron ore and coal.
- Total revenue declined by 2.4% to $48.4 million from $49.6 million. This decrease was primarily attributable to reduced fuel surcharges and a mix shift from iron ore and coal to lower revenue generating commodities. A 7.4% increase in tons hauled and a 7.5% increase in days sailed helped to mitigate the impact of the mix shift.
- Vessel operating expenses decreased by 1.4% to $32.7 million from $33.2 million. This decrease was primarily attributable to a reduction in vessel incident costs, partially offset by a greater number of Sailing Days. Due in part to improved cost control, vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day declined by 8.3%, or $2,345 per day, to $25,898 from $28,243.
- Operating income plus depreciation and amortization decreased by 2.6% to $12.0 million from $12.3 million. The weaker Canadian dollar comprised $0.2 million of this reduction in operating income plus depreciation and amortization.