One year after the unveiling of the On Course for 2030 development plan, Port of Trois-Rivières has already implemented several initiatives that will lead it to its goal of “Being an innovative urban port, generating growth, at the heart of a competitive supply chain.”
The first months of 2019 were marked by the announcement of a record year for 2018. A total of 3.9 million metric tons (MMT) of goods were handled, an increase of 47 per cent over 2017 and a new record surpassing the 3.7 MMT achieved in 2014. The Port’s facilities, modernized as part of the On Course for 2030 development plan, delivered their full potential in 2018, thus contributing to the achievement of this cargo handling record.
$ 2.5 million for innovation and environmental protection
The Port subsequently announced the creation of two user-focused funds with a total investment of $ 2.5 million over five years.
The Environment Fund aims to support user investments in solutions that improve the Port’s environmental performance, with a view to sustainable development. Through this innovative initiative, the Port not only wishes to support the implementation of projects to improve its environmental record, but also surpass its targets.
On the other hand, the Innovation Fund represents a commitment by the Port to collaborate with its users in the deployment of innovative strategic projects, to enhance competitiveness.
To assemble is a beginning; to stay together is progress; working together is success.
– Henry Ford
In order to increase opportunities and strengthen its competitiveness, the Port has signed two collaboration agreements with major ports.
A first agreement has been ratified with Port of Montreal and aims to improve their respective port services. Specifically, these ports aim to increase the productivity, competitiveness, efficiency and security of port services and procedures. Working groups are already focused on four subjects: maritime operations, environmental management, port logistics and city-port relations.
“As a gateway to the heart of America, the St. Lawrence River represents an undeniable strategic advantage for Canada and Quebec. The partnership we have signed with Port of Montreal is helping to coordinate our efforts to increase the competitiveness of the River, a vital link in the growth of our two ports in the context of considerable global competition,” said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of Port of Trois-Rivières.
Also, as part of efforts to foster international collaboration, the Port, in collaboration with Innovation and Economic Development Trois-Rivières, reached an agreement with the Port of Mulhouse-Rhin, located on the Rhine river in eastern France. This partnership aims to share best operational and business development practices, thereby increasing opportunities for everyone. Four areas of cooperation have been identified: port governance, commercial promotion, innovation sharing and continental outreach.
Mr. Boivin emphasized that “One of the On Course for 2030 development focuses was on the conclusion of partnership agreements with other ports with complementary activities. In addition to making our Port more attractive, this approach multiplies business opportunities. We are therefore very excited to have formalized this collaboration and started the exchanges whose guiding thread is innovation.”