With cargo results of 32.1 million tonnes representing the second-best year since the creation of the port authority in 1999, the volume achieved in 2021 by the Port of Sept-Îles is slightly lower by 3% with that of the previous year of 33.1 million tonnes. This respectable level of port activity nevertheless positions the Port of Sept-Îles in 3rd place among Canadian ports in 2021, the port stated.
The slight decline comes after five successive years of growth related mainly to the world-class infrastructure of the multi-user wharf in Pointe-Noire.
Lower iron ore shipments are the main reason for the variance due to certain incidents and equipment breakdowns that affected production for some producers. However, the new year looks promising with the announcement of Quebec Iron Ore’s 7 million tonne expansion project starting in the spring, as well as higher volume forecasts announced by other mining companies producing iron ore.
“These new volumes at the Port’s facilities should make it possible to cross the 40 million tonnes mark in 2022, setting an all-time record, as well as possibly reaching the rank of 2nd port in Canada in terms of volume of activity,” affirmed Pierre D. Gagnon, President and CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles. (Photo SIPA)