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Trois-Rivières breakbulk terminal inaugurated

2018-05-01

 

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Mid-way between Montreal and Québec City on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Trois-Rivières has inaugurated a breakbulk terminal operated by Logistec Corporation that entailed investments exceeding $27 million. Among government officials attending the ceremony on April 27 were federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, federal International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, and Jean D'Amour, Québec Minister for Maritime Affairs. Ninety per cent of the port's 3 million metric tons of cargo is related to international trade.
"This terminal will allow us to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the region and shipping on the St. Lawrence," said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA).

Rodney Corrigan, Executive VP of Operations of Logistec, said the large-scale infrastructure "will enable Logistec to provide superior services and thus better contribute to their competitiveness in foreign markets." Based in Montreal, Logistec operates 58 terminals in 35 ports throughout Canada and the United States.
Jean D'Amour recalled how the Québec Liberal government has made the marine sector a priority, implementing the Maritime Strategy "in close collaboration with the various industry stakeholders."

Mr. Garneau described Trois-Rivières as "one of Canada's strategic ports."

 

Construction of Dock 9 was completed last December, thereby finalizing the new Breakbulk Terminal. This new dock was part of the development project which included outdoor storage areas 9, 10 and 11, the construction of warehouse 9 and the upgrading of road and rail access completed during Phase I of the On Course for 2020 modernization plan. The Breakbulk Terminal at the Port of Trois-Rivières required investments totalling $ 27.3 million between 2009 and 2017.

The Government of Canada's contribution totalled $ 7.8 million, the Government of Quebec contributed $6 million, while the TRPA invested $ 10 million along with investments of $ 3.5 million from Port users.

The terminal includes Piers 9, 10, and 11, with 36,000 square metres of outdoor storage and three warehouses totalling 18,000 square metres. Efficient access is provided both by rail and by road.   
The construction of Dock 9 represented the final segment in the On Course for 2020 modernization plan put forward by the TRPA in 2008. In addition to the development of the Breakbulk Terminal, this plan also included investments in other port terminals, in its road and rail network and in the development of green spaces. It has required a total investment of $131.6 million and was completed three years ahead of schedule.

Group photo (by Eric Massicotte) shows from left to right Robert Aubin, member of parliament for Trois-Rivières; Danielle St. Amand, Chair of TRPA Board; Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport; Gaétan Boivin,  President and CEO of TRPA; Jean D'Amour, Quebec Minister for Maritime Affairs; Jean-Denis Girard, MNA for Trois-Rivières; Rodney Corrigan, Executive VP of Operations at Logistec; and Michel Miron, VP Operations Logistec.

 
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