Southwestern Sales Corporation partnering with Port Windsor to help improve community safety

On any given day, hundreds of trucks carrying aggregates, mixed concrete, fuel, scrap metal and various other commodities utilize Russell Street, one of the main access roads within the port of Windsor. These traffic levels are not unusual in a port where various port users share access roadways in order to conduct daily business operations. Russell Street’s location is unique because the access roadway is also shared by General Brock Public School where school buses, parents dropping off their children and pedestrians comingle with business traffic at key times during the day. (more…)

BigLift conducts summertime Great Lakes wind tower shuttle

Early in 2019 BigLift concluded a contract with General Electric for multiple shipments of windmill towers manufactured by Marmen Inc. to be transported from Bécancour, Quebec, to various destinations in the Great Lakes, mainly to Duluth, Minnesota and Erie, Pennsylvania. The shipments began in April 2019 and will continue until October/November requiring up to 13 voyages. Marmen operates two wind tower manufacturing facilities in Quebec, one in Trois Rivières and one in Matane, and is among the largest manufacturers of wind towers in North America. (more…)

Work to begin this fall on oversized load corridor for Sarnia, Ontario

By Keith Norbury

LamSar Inc. of Sarnia, Ontario, makes enormous pieces of equipment. One project currently underway involves constructing 84 modules for nearby Nova Chemicals’ new polyethylene plant. The largest of those modules measures 120 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 68 feet high, said LamSar co-owner Dave Hill. Fortunately, Nova Chemicals is only about three kilometres away from the LamSar yard where that module is being built.

“Part of the deal here in the township where our plant is located is to permanently bury the power lines that run the arteries between us and the site,” Hill said. “So the sky’s the limit.” Moving large cargos from LamSar’s facilities to the Sarnia waterfront for shipment overseas isn’t nearly so easy at present. It involves temporarily raising utility lines, which can add considerably to the shipping costs — if those obstacles can even be moved. (more…)

Ports merger expected to diversify project cargo options

Ports merger expected to diversify project cargo options

By Keith Norbury

The recent merger of the Hamilton and Oshawa port authorities should give shippers of project cargo and breakbulk more options for moving those cargoes, said the new President and CEO of the combined Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. “It gives us a more diversified value proposition in talking to customers, giving them a couple of different alternatives in terms of access to the marine in both facilities,” said Ian Hamilton.

“The project cargo portion of our businesses is relatively small, sort of under five per cent of the overall business,” Mr. Hamilton added, “But breakbulk, on the other hand, is quite an important piece of our business particularly in the steel sector, for both Oshawa and for Hamilton.” (more…)

Morterm Limited – Port of Windsor’s full-service marine terminal

Morterm Limited – Port of Windsor’s full-service marine terminal

Morterm Limited is a privately owned facility strategically located within an eight-hour drive of half of all U.S. businesses, manufacturing plants and households, and directly across from the City of Detroit. Ideally located in the industrial heartland of Southwestern Ontario, the terminal is located in the Port of Windsor at North America’s busiest International Crossing with direct access to the Highway 401 corridor, the United States Highway system via the Ambassador Bridge, the soon to be constructed Gordie Howe International Bridge, and the Detroit–Windsor Truck Ferry. (more…)