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Port of Valleyfield receives infrastructure funding from Québec government

Le Port de Valleyfield reçoit des fonds pour les infrastructures du gouvernement du Québec

 

2018-08-16

 

The Port of Valleyfield has announced the receipt of a nearly $3.5 million grant from the Québec government to help finance infrastructure improvements.

The Honorable Huntingdon MP, Minister Responsible for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Regulatory Reduction and Regional Economic Development, Stéphane Billette, made the announcement on August 9 on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Sustainable Development, Electrification of Transport, André Fortin. The total cost of this project is estimated at $ 7,251,780.

"The Maritime Strategy aims to stimulate economic growth in the regions through the sustainable development of the marine sector. I am always very happy to see this goal translated into real investments by our government. This is the case for the Port of Valleyfield which will see its facilities improved and its services improved," said Jean D'Amour, Minister Delegate for Maritime Affairs.

Port General Manager, Jean-Philippe Paquin said, "The Port of Valleyfield is very grateful for the contribution from the Quebec government. The government has made a strategic commitment to the maritime sector and port infrastructure; an investment that will support economic development for many years while helping to reduce the environmental impacts of our transportation activities. This contribution will help us implement our development plan, which includes an increase in accessible paved staging and warehousing capacities - already underway.

 

"The project will also increase our security gate and truck weighing capacity improving cargo throughput, and finally our berth #8 project, which increases our berthage capacities and allow us to more efficiently accommodate the increasing size of general cargo ships now entering the Seaway."

The port located southwest of Montreal along the St. Lawrence Seaway awaits confirmation regarding financing for the berth #8 project from both the federal and provincial governments.

Maritime services provider, Valport has kept pace with the advancements adding significantly to their cargo handling equipment and cargo management automation. Valport Maritime Services President Frank Dunn remarked, "Canada's largest 'small' port just got larger which has dramatically enhanced our capacity and productivity. New bulk and project cargo clients are amazed at our growth and ability to accommodate their projects. It's a great time to be in this business."  (photo Port of Valleyfield).


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