Port of Oshawa, in partnership with Oshawa Stevedoring Inc., announced that it is expanding its services with the construction of a new multi million-dollar pad on the east port lands.

“The new cargo pad will allow the port to accommodate far more bulk materials,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of Oshawa Port Authority. “The more cargo we can handle, the better we’re able to serve existing customers and attract new ones.” The potential for new business also brings the opportunity to create additional jobs in the port. The port handles an average of $23 million worth of cargo annually from steel and asphalt to grain. Last year was one of the port’s most successful years. It handled 43 vessels, carrying over 291 thousand metric tonnes of various goods.

The new cargo pad will be built to the highest environmental standards. Construction is scheduled to begin next week, with completion expected by the end of the year.