Ottawa Funds Major
Sept-Îles Terminal Project


The federal government has agreed to offer financial support of up to $55 million for the construction of a multi-user dock in the Bay of Sept-Îles that will play a key role in iron ore shipping from the Port of Sept-Iles to Asia and other world markets. This represents one quarter of the costs of a project due to be completed over a period of 18 to 24 months.

The support from Ottawa - originating from the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund - was announced in Sept-Îles on Feb. 13 in the presence of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, and Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Located at Pointe-Noire, the dock will accommodate the future Chinamax vessels carrying up to 300,000 tonnes of cargo.

It will be built on piles on the site of the old Gulf Pulp and Paper dock, with a 420-metre long approach. The dock itself will have two berths and measure 450 metres in length.


Oshawa Harbour Commission
becomes Canada Port Authority


The last remaining Harbour Commission in Canada has joined 17 other Canadian ports as a Canada Port Authority (CPA). The announcement on Feb. 10 by Transport Canada follows prolonged efforts by Donna Taylor, head of the Oshawa Harbour Commission and longest-serving Canadian port chief executive.

"I know Donna and the Board have worked on this for a long time and I am pleased  to see they have taken their rightful place among the other 17 other Port Authorities,"  Gary LeRoux, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), told Maritime Magazine. "They have always been the only Corporate member of the Association that was not a CPA and that will now be rectified."


Port Metro Vancouver
reports strong, stable 2011


Canada's largest port handled 122.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2011, a 3.4% increase over the previous year, according to final statistics.

Port Metro Vancouver saw continued growth in laden export containers (up 6%), a key indicator of the demand for Canadian goods by Asian economies. New records were also set in coal, potash and forest products exports.

"Our natural geographical advantage as the closest major gateway for Asia Pacific economies presents continuing opportunities for growth in the coming years," said Robin Silvester, President and CEO.

Total container traffic amounted to 2.50 million TEUs versus 2.51 million TEUs in 2010.

While breakbulk cargo was down 4.4% overall, breakbulk lumber exports rose 107%, thanks mainly to brisk demand from China.   (Photo: PMV)

McAsphalt Marine Transportation expands fleet


Neptune Terminals joins Green Marine


Located in Port Metro Vancouver, Neptune Terminals has become the first West Coast terminal to join the Green Marine Environmental Program.

One of the largest multi-product bulk terminals in North America, with a capacity of 17 million tonnes, Neptune handles potash, steelmaking coal, vegetable oils and fertilizers from Western Canada destined for global markets.

Jim Belsheim, President and CEO, underlined Neptune's commitment to "ongoing improvement of all our systems for water, air, noise, light."

Green Marine Executive Director David Bolduc stated that "Neptune Terminals is clearly a leader in sustainability."   (Photo: William Jans, PMV)

McAsphalt Marine Transportation expands fleet


Canada's west coast
longshore foremen ratify agreement


In a significant development, the 450 foremen working on Canada's west coast ports have ratified  an 8-year tentative collective agreement that will expire on March 31, 2018.

The ratification on Jan. 31 follows the historic deal reached last May between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the docker union, the ILWU Canada.

"This sends an important message of waterfront stability for an unprecedented 8 years and strengthens Canada's Asia-Pacific gateway as a conduit for trade with Asia," Greg Vurdela, BCMEA VP Marketing, told Maritime Magazine.

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