Sept-Îles tonnage records in sight with new dock

Sept-Îles tonnage records in sight with new dock

by Mark Cardwell

The Port of Sept-Îles will likely fall a few million tonnes short in 2019 of its all-time annual record of 35 million tonnes for volume handled.

But that record will fall in 2020 and in the years that follow, top port officials say, now that the multiuser dock in the Pointe-Noire sector is fully operational.

“It’s running smoothly and efficiently,” says Pierre Gagnon, President & CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles since 2002.  “We’re happy and proud of this new world class asset that will help the port and the iron ore industry to grow in the future.” (more…)

Environment: Release of Phase 3 results of the Environmental Observatory in Sept-Îles

Environment: Release of Phase 3 results of the Environmental Observatory in Sept-Îles

The Bay of Sept-Îles has received an overall good rating in the final report of a major environmental study.

But lead researchers in the four-year, three-phase study say more investigation and monitoring is required to ensure the bay’s water, sediments and ecosystem stay healthy. (more…)

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes slower in September due to late harvests

During the month of September, Seaway volumes were down 18 per cent from year-ago levels, to 3,991 million tonnes. From March 22 to September 30, cargo shipments totaled 24.8 million tonnes, down 6 per cent from 2018. All cargo categories showed lower volumes, except dry bulk, which was up by 7.3 per cent on a year-to-date basis. The figures reflect a combination of factors including the decrease in U.S. grain exports from earlier in the spring and current delays in the Canadian harvest due to the wet field conditions.

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. With harvests estimated to be 20 to 30 per cent behind where they would be normally, it is expected there will be more exports late this fall and into December. (more…)

Sydney (N.S.) and Melford still planning to host modern container terminals

By Tom Peters

While there have been no shovels put into the ground yet, developers of the proposed marine container terminals for the Port of Sydney, Cape Breton (Novaporte) and at Melford on the Strait of Canso, continue to work behind the scenes to advance their projects. In both cases, proponents say all they need to start actual construction is to have a major shipping line sign a long-term contract that would guarantee a minimum number of containers to move over the terminals annually. (more…)

Propane export terminal makes historic debut at Prince Rupert

By Keith Norbury

AltaGas Ltd.’s Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal — the first such facility in Canada — is the latest addition to the port of Prince Rupert. The terminal, called RIPET for short, celebrated the export of its first shipment, bound for Asia, on May 23. “The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local indigenous peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint — a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.” (more…)