Port of Thunder Bay volumes are on track to rival previous three ‘excellent’ seasons

There’s a predominant theme in the Port of Thunder Bay these days: momentum. Many port industries and initiatives are prospering, from the rise in bulk commodity shipments to the setting of cargo volume records in the project and breakbulk sector.

Cargo volumes in the Port of Thunder Bay were very strong in May, bolstered by significant grain shipments and decade-high potash volumes. Year-to-date, volumes of most of the Port’s key cargoes are well above average.

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Thunder Bay’s resurgence of steel and heavy-lift

In 2004, Thunder Bay Port Authority implemented a new strategic direction, placing substantial effort toward attracting oversized project cargo through Keefer Terminal, the Authority’s general cargo facility which is located centrally in the natural deepwater port. Thirteen years and over $15 millions of investment later, Keefer Terminal is now a busy project cargo hub, handling bi-weekly shipments of dimensional cargo, both inbound and outbound for the Western Canadian market. From scale-tipping pressure vessels to windmill towers, blades and nacelles, Thunder Bay has earned a reputation as a reliable solution for dimensional cargo challenges.

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Port of Thunder Bay: Local tug company invests in diverse asset

The fleet of tug assets in Thunder Bay has increased, due to a recent acquisition by locally owned and operated Lakehead Tug Boats Inc. The company operates a fleet of four harbour tugs, including the latest addition, Teclutsa, at the Port of Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. Recently formed, Lakehead Tug Boats Inc. (Lakehead) owes its beginnings to its founding parent company Gravel & Lakes Services Ltd. which has been servicing the Port of Thunder Bay since 1933.

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Richardson to celebrate 100 years at the Port of Thunder Bay

Next year, it will be 100 years since James Richardson handpicked the location for Richardson International’s port terminal in Thunder Bay. In 2018, “Richardson is proud to be celebrating its 100th anniversary in Thunder Bay,” says Gerry Heinrichs, Director of Terminal Operations at Richardson International’s Thunder Bay Terminal. The port is a hub for grain shipments to the U.S., Mexico and South America.

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New life breathed into Thunder Bay Shipyard

Heddle Marine Service Inc. (Heddle) and Fabmar Metals Inc. (Fabmar) have formed a strategic partnership with the goal of restoring the historic Thunder Bay Shipyard to a position of prominence on the Great Lakes.

Fabmar has already successfully executed several projects at the shipyard, including the dry docking of a local tug named the tug George N Carlton in November 2016 for Gravel Lakes as well as a more recent dry docking of a local tug named the Miseford in June 2017 for Thunder Bay Tug.

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Port of Montreal welcomes first ship at its new Cruise Terminal

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) welcomed MS Maasdam on June 10, the first ship to dock at Port of Montreal’s new cruise terminal. “Now fully up and running, this new terminal bolsters the city’s international positioning by offering an efficient, friendly and prestigious welcome to cruise passengers from all over the world, and all just in time to celebrate its 375th anniversary!” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority.

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock installs ballast water treatment system

Following five extensive weeks of repair and installation activities, Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (VDC) announced on-schedule completion of its refit activities on Louis Dreyfus’ Ile de Batz Special Purpose/Cable Layer vessel. Arriving on April 21 and departing VDC on May 25, 2017, the Paris (France) based vessel underwent a wide scope of work that included the assembly of a new plow (special insitu welding/machining), overall support for mobilizing the ship, as well as the primary focus of the refit program, the installation of a ballast water treatment system – the first of its kind at VDC.

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OPINION- Almost 60 years after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway opened, how can we optimize the Great Lakes region’s role as a trade corridor?

Almost 60 years after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway opened, how can we optimize the Great Lakes region’s role as a trade corridor?

Ian Hamilton, President & CEO, Hamilton Port Authority

When the Seaway opened in 1959, it marked the completion of one of North America’s greatest infrastructure projects: a marine highway connecting Great Lakes cities to the Atlantic. “It has moved the ocean a thousand miles inland,” declared the Globe and Mail newspaper of the day. It was an enormous and ambitious infrastructure project, costing $470 million (approximately $4 billion in today’s dollars) that reflected the optimism of the time.

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Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Port of Hamilton: Sustainability in the spotlight

Stewardship of the land and water around Hamilton’s port lands is fundamental to the Port of Hamilton’s strategy and operations. This year, HPA will begin the process of outlining a robust Sustainability program, that will track and report publicly on financial, social and environmental metrics. This program will build on a range of environmental initiatives that are already delivering important positive results:

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