Association of Canadian Port Authorities elects Jim Quinn as new Chair

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has announced that Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John has been appointed as Chair, effective September 11, 2019.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to assume the role Chair of the ACPA Board of Directors at this critical time in the evolution of Canada’s ports,” says Mr. Quinn. “Under the leadership of my predecessor, Donna Taylor, we made tremendous progress over the past year working with our members and partners on important initiatives like the Ports Modernization Review.  With critical issues such as digitalization, security and sustainability on the policy agenda, I am eager to work with my port colleagues to consolidate our position and move forward with a plan that will advance Canada’s ports as an economic enabler for all Canadians.” (more…)

Port of Prince Rupert to benefit from federal National Trade Corridors funding

The federal government announced financial contributions totalling over $153.7 million through its National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to support three separate trade infrastructure projects to facilitate growth at Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The Port’s activity is expected to grow from 26.7 million tonnes of cargo in 2018 to over 50 million tonnes within the next decade. The Port’s continued growth represents an increase in Canadian trade and economic development, and continued participation of local First Nations in the region’s gateway economy. (more…)

Port Windsor builds on its deep roots in the community

Port Windsor is proud to announce the September 2019 opening of Prosperity Place, a new community gathering space located in the Sandwich community of Windsor Ontario. Port Windsor partnered with the Sandwich Teen Action Group (“STAG”) which organization received a $108,000 grant from Ontario’s Trillium Foundation to create an outdoor gathering place that will engage residents and connect them to their neighbours.

“Port Windsor has partnered with STAG on several other successful community projects and events,” says Steve Salmons, President and CEO of Windsor Port Authority. “We are proud to develop this property into such a worthwhile community-based gathering space. Building inclusive and engaged communities is important to all those who live and work in the Sandwich community, including our port customers. The name Prosperity Place highlights the Port’s focus on ensuring community prosperity by providing a space for residents of the community to meet, to perform and to learn.” Prosperity Place is now part of the educational walking tours from the University of Windsor and the local schools. (more…)

Leading sustainability initiatives at Canada’s largest port

To realize its bold and aspirational vision of becoming “the world’s most sustainable port,” the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority supports a collaborative approach with the marine industry. Industry plays a key role in advancing leading initiatives that incentivize port customers to reduce the impact of operations on the environment.

The port authority’s EcoAction Program recognizes a variety of fuel, technology and environmental management options, such as underwater noise-limiting technology, which marine carriers can adopt to qualify their vessels for discounted harbour dues rates. Bronze, silver and gold-level discounts create differentiated harbour dues rates, with up to 47 per cent discounts available, depending on the measures adopted. Landside, the Energy Action Initiative is a joint program with BC Hydro that helps terminal operators and other port tenants enhance their energy conservation practices and save costs. The goal of this program is to protect the energy security of the growing Vancouver-area gateway by reducing energy waste. (more…)

Champion Iron ships ten millionth tonne of iron ore from Bloom Lake

Through the facilities of Port of Sept-Îles’ multi-user terminal, Champion Iron Limited announced that its subsidiary, Quebec Iron Ore Inc. shipped its tenth million tonne of high-grade 66.2% Fe iron concentrate from its Bloom Lake Iron Mine (“Bloom Lake”), located near Fermont, Quebec.

The achievement of this significant milestone occurred less than eighteen months after Bloom Lake was recommissioned, and achieved its annual full nameplate capacity of 7.4 metric tonnes per annum in its first year of operation. Champion benefits from access to world class infrastructure at the port, including access to a deep-water terminal where a Capesize vessel can be loaded in less than 40 hours. The delivery and sale of the Bloom Lake high-grade iron ore concentrate to end-users in Asia, Europe and the Middle East is being completed at a time of rising demand for high-grade iron ore concentrate with low impurities. (more…)

Port of Johnstown to receive 12 shiploads of wind turbines – also reports receiving federal funding

The port of Johnstown will be busy during the next several months as vessels will be delivering Enercon turbine components for the Nation Rise Wind Farm project. The cargo represents a major business win for the Port, which completed a multi-million-dollar infrastructure project in 2016 that included several acres of laydown space to be able to accommodate this type of heavy-lift cargo.

The first vessel, BBC Kurt Paul, arrived August 13, 2019. In total, twelve vessels are expected to arrive over a 10-12 week period to deliver the components for this wind energy project, which is located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Ottawa, near the South Nation River. The wind farm features 29 Enercon wind turbines and is situated in the Municipality of North Stormont within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. (more…)