Tanks destined for Russia began loading onto the M.V. Saimaagracht at the port of Belledune. Maritime Welding won in April 2011 a contract to build 10 large stainless steel tanks built in two pieces each with additional piping.

“Getting this project in the Chaleur region is a true testament of the skilled work force and the capacity of our SMEs to diversify their markets and be successful abroad: we have the people, we have the infrastructure and we have the expertise,” said Danny Valley, General Manager of Maritime Welding

This project represents the successful cooperation of several New Brunswick companies. Eastern Canada Stevedoring (ECS), Cyber Freight Systems, East Coast Shrink Wrap and Belledune Port Authority (BPA) all played a supportive role in making this project possible in northern New Brunswick while Maritime Welding led the way and opened the doors to this new market.

The tanks began arriving at the port in March and were stored on Terminal 3. Each of the 20 stainless-steel pieces weighs approximately 20,000 pounds, with a 18-foot diameter and are 14 feet high. Both ECS and Port of Belledune specialize in handling this kind of oversized cargo.

“Belledune Port Authority congratulates Maritime Welding for its hard work perseverance and most of all for taking on the challenge of exporting to a new market,” said Jenna MacDonald, Director of Marketing at BPA. “This project is indicative of the work that fabrication companies in New Brunswick have been doing; successfully diversifying their markets, taking on challenges and working with experts available in the province such as Peter Clark at Cyber Freight Systems and oversized cargo experts at Eastern Canada Stevedoring who operate at the port of Belledune.”