For Port of Toronto 2018 was another record-breaking year

Port of Toronto moved approximately 2.2 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2018, and 178 ships visited the port, bringing sugar, road salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the heart of the city. Overall the port moved 2,179,795 metric tonnes of cargo in 2018, surpassing the record-breaking year the port experienced in 2017.

In 2018, the port received steel products including rebar, merchant bar, steel plate and coils totalling 69,281 metric tonnes, representing the highest level of steel product moved through the port in 20 years. In addition, the port recorded 14,391 tonnes in warehousing storage, the highest level recorded since 2011. Cement cargo imports remained strong for another year at more than 610,400 tonnes, and stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase, ending the year at 189,133 metric tonnes. Salt and sugar imports at 735,948 and 560,625 tonnes respectively remained consistent with 2017 tonnages. (more…)

Halterm Container Terminal orders additional equipment to strengthen its Halifax capabilities

Halterm Container Terminal has announced it has acquired a ZPMC Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore container gantry crane and associated lifting equipment, together with container yard equipment, including two Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes and nine Terminal Tractors and Trailers, with an option to extend procurement to a further Ship-to-Shore crane in 2019.

The new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore crane, due to arrive June 2020, will offer enhanced outreach (24-wide) and height, capable of spanning the largest vessels being deployed on North America’s east coast and will be added to Halterm’s main berth alongside four existing Super Post-Panamax units and one Panamax unit. (more…)

Port of Trois Rivières commits $2.5 million for environmental protection and innovation

As part of its On Course for 2030 objectives, Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) has established two investment funds totalling $2.5 million over five years.

TRPA’s Environment Fund aims to support users’ investments in solutions that will improve the Port’s environmental performance. Through this initiative, TRPA wishes to support the implementation of projects, and enable them to be carried out earlier. Shippers no longer choose a port solely on the basis of its productivity, but also judge on the basis of its environmental performance. Environmental protection and economic development go hand in hand!,” explains Gaétan Boivin, the Port’s President and CEO. (more…)

Atlantic update

By Tom Peters

As container ships and cruise ships continue to get bigger, there is an urgency in several ports in Eastern Canada to accommodate these large vessels to remain competitive and to grow the business in these marine sectors.

The $205 million West Side modernization project in the Port of Saint John has been moving forward at a steady pace. The project will see the lengthening and strengthening of the pier structure at the West Side container terminal as well as the deepening of the main channel. The project is expected to be complete in 2023. Presently, radiation portals are being installed which will allow Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) a seamless transition with no impact to operations during the major wharf construction, says Paula Copeland, the Port’s Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. At the same time, a new bridge is being constructed to allow container wharf access as a portion of the existing wharf will be demolished to build the new berth. Additionally, a number of electrical upgrades are being completed for power supply to future crane and reefer facilities. A summary of other work to date includes the removal and demolition of outdated infrastructure; dredging and disposal of silt; placing and leveling of rock fill for caisson and mattress; construction and installation of caissons and piles; and connecting of existing wharf to new piles. (more…)

Hamilton and Oshawa ports could be merged under surprise federal proposal

Hamilton and Oshawa ports could be merged under surprise federal proposal

By Alex Binkley

Transport Minister Marc Garneau surprised the Hamilton and Oshawa Port Authorities by proposing they be amalgamated into a new entity. “This action is being taken to improve port efficiencies and planning in the region,” Garneau said in a statement. “This amalgamation represents an opportunity to take advantage of emerging business opportunities and to increase economic growth and develop the supply chain in this densely populated region. The integration of port activities in the two cities “is expected to enhance investment and trade opportunities, and contribute to Canada’s global competitiveness,” he said. (more…)

Ports of Thunder Bay and Hamilton diversifying their customer base

Ports of Thunder Bay and Hamilton diversifying their customer base

By Alex Binkley

Grain shipments have long been the staple business of the port of Thunder Bay, and the port of Hamilton is well known for its connection with the city’s steel industry. While those commodities will remain important to their financial health in the future, the two Port Authorities have been working to diversify their customer bases and in recent months have landed federal support for expansion projects.