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…)

A new dawn for Port of Sept-Îles

A new dawn for Port of Sept-Îles

By Mark Cardwell

Pierre Gagnon is no stranger to the business of mining iron ore. A mining engineer by trade, he worked several years for Quebec Cartier Mining (now part of ArcelorMittal) in the town of Fermont before joining Port of Sept-Îles as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Since then, Gagnon has been working to help the Port’s major clients deal with the challenges of reaching global markets with the 80 billion tonnes of high quality iron ore reserve known to exist in the Labrador Trough.

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Cruise ship season 2017

Cruise ship season 2017

By Mark Cardwell

The port of Sept-Îles is quickly becoming a popular international cruise ship destination in Eastern Canada. Eight years after its inaugural cruise season, when it welcomed three ships with 5,000 passengers, the port was visited eight times by five different ships carrying a total of 8,000 passengers during the 2017 sailing season.

The last and most notable visit was an unexpected stopover by the Queen Mary 2. The 350-metre-long ship was scheduled to make its inaugural visit to Sept-Îles on Sept. 28, 2018. However, the Cunard-owned transatlantic ocean liner made an unscheduled stop on October 2, and berthed there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 8-hour stop was booked just two weeks earlier to replace a visit to the port of Gaspé that Cunard cancelled over the speed limit that Canada imposed in a section of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence to protect endangered right whales.

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Profile: Groupe Océan’s Gordon Bain

Profile: Groupe Océan’s Gordon Bain

By Mark Cardwell

When he graduated from Vancouver’s Northwest School of Deep Sea Diving in 1972 at age 21, Gordon Bain was eager to work with the skills he learned during the intensive six-month training. Trouble was, he couldn’t find work. “I applied at some places, but didn’t get a job,” recalls Bain.  “So I decided to bid on jobs myself.” Bain started a company, which he dubbed Aqua-Marine, and landed his first contract, with Hydro-Québec.

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Louis Martel at helm of CSL Group

Louis Martel at helm of CSL Group

By Mark Cardwell

Louis Martel was a teenager who dreamed of designing sailboats when then-future Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Laurence Pathy bought Canada Steamships Lines with a vision to expand its operations beyond the Great Lakes into ocean shipping.

Now Martel, 52, is steering the fortunes of the iconic Canadian company, a leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels.

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