Chaleur Terminals to export western oil through Port of Belledune

By Christopher Williams

A new petroleum logistics company based in Calgary, Alberta and Bathurst, N.B, plans to construct a loading facility at the port of Belledune on Chaleur Bay in northeastern New Brunswick. The facility will consist of a low-speed rail circuit system, an oil terminal with eight 150,000-barrel steel storage tanks and a three-kilometre pipeline to be installed between the facility and the marine terminals at the port of Belledune. Canadian National Railways (CN) will deliver petroleum to the site for storage and loading aboard marine vessels for international markets.

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Build a modular fabrication facility during a recession? Sure, no problem!

By Christopher Williams

Modular construction techniques are gaining in popularity worldwide and Port of Belledune has built the infrastructure required to play a fab role in this mod squad.

The evolution of “modularisation” is an important and cost effective construction technique. It’s having a huge impact on industry by delivering large scale projects faster, at lower cost and with significant safety improvements. 

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Belledune is perfectly located to ship wood pellets

By Christopher Williams

Exemplified by its need for a new modular fabrication facility, Belledune Port Authority (BPA) develops a clear vision for a market need, and then makes it happen. “Back in 2007, we saw an opportunity to build the facilities and equipment to handle wood pellets,” recalls Rayburn Doucett, President and CEO of BPA. “We now handle approximately 120,000 tonnes per year of wood pellets in bulk and we, with our partners at Eastern Canada Stevedoring, have become a specialist in these shipments.”

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Port of Belledune’s bold investments ensure a prosperous future

By Christopher Williams

Famous for its hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, the northern New Brunswick village of Belledune became a thriving industrial centre in the 1960s supporting regional lead and zinc mines. The community remains home to the lead smelter owned by Glencore, a 450 megawatt thermal generating station, a modern sawmill facility owned by Chaleur Sawmill Associates, and a wood pellet plant owned by Shaw Resources.

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“Work together as a gateway team” key message at Saint John Port Days

By Christopher Williams

Between June 8 and 10, Port Saint John and its partners hosted a community day, river cruise, golf tournament, export awards, seafood fiesta, business panel session, and a keynote speech by the leader of the Energy East project. The annual event focused on the transportation tenets of “Community, Connections, and Commerce”, but Come Together by the Beatles could have been the event’s theme song.

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“It’s been, and continues to be, a great ride” – Dave Black

By Christopher Williams

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve caught the smiling bearded face of David Black peaking from the cab of one of his chocolate coloured tractor trailers bearing the logo: “Black’s Transfer Ltd. Local and Long Distance”. I’ve seen Dave haul flatbeds, van trailers, containerized cargo and heavy loads around tight corners and through tricky intersections with the ease of someone riding a bike. Later the same day, he would lead a Saint John Board of Trade transportation forum discussion with the same finesse.

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