Best-ever performance as cruise destination in 2019 for Port of Sept-Îles

Best-ever performance as cruise destination in 2019 for Port of Sept-Îles

The Port of Sept-Îles has posted its best-ever performance as a cruise ship destination in 2019.

Nine cruise ships carrying nearly 19,000 passengers and crew members visited the city on Quebec’s North Shore this year.

That is twice the number of passengers and crew members than the port registered in 2014, which was the record until this year.

Three cruise ships — Seabourn Quest, Le Champlain and Serenade of the Seas — made their inaugural visits to Sept-Îles in 2019.

The latter ship’s overnight visit on Sept. 7–8 came as a result of a last-minute repositioning due to Hurricane Dorian, which caused havoc along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Atlantic Provinces. (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…)

INREST convention in Sept-Îles

In May the Port of Sept-Iles, the Institut Nordique de Recherche en Environnement et en Santé au Travail (INREST) and the City of Sept-Îles, in partnership with the pan-Canadian project CHONe II, played host to the first International Congress on Industrial Port Research in Canada.

The conference attracted some 300 delegates from 6 provinces including ports, municipalities, businesses, industries, economic development groups as well as academics from 8 countries.

“Things went extremely well, it was a fantastic event,” says Manon D’Auteuil, Eng., Director Engineering and Sustainable Development at the Port of Sept-Îles. (more…)

Seaway totals to date fall short of comparable 2018 results

August proved to be a strong month for Great Lakes-Seaway shipping led by grain exports, iron ore, road salt and construction materials. However, despite the busy August, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tonnage from March 22 to August 31 totaled 20.9 million tonnes, down 3.5 per cent from last year.

“For the most part, Canadian grain volumes have been in line with 2018 and we expect that trend will continue in the fall as the new harvests come to market while iron ore exports should remain strong,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. “The Seaway is also attracting more international salt imports – cargo that in the past typically came through the Gulf Coast. This business has helped offset decreases in steel imports, which have been crimped by the imposition of tariffs”. (more…)

Proceedings of Shipping Federation Conference held in Montreal

Proceedings of Shipping Federation Conference held in Montreal

By Brian Dunn

As Laura Dawson, Director of the Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute, Washington, DC, sees it, a combination of U.S. unilateralism, a softening demand for Chinese exports and imports and the Brexit fiasco, has resulted in global instability. To make matters worse, President Donald Trump will probably get re-elected in 2020 as there’s no viable alternative.

“We feel Canadian trade representatives are doing a very good job (in the U.S.) and it’s a relationship to be managed, not cured. Our organization is non-partisan and we work with Canadian businesses to make sure Canada is not part of any collateral damage,” she said during the 18th annual conference of the Shipping Federation of Canada in Montreal on May 22. (more…)