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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Port of Hamilton: New links in Ontario’s agri-food supply chain

This spring, a brand new grain export terminal at the Port of Hamilton opens its doors to begin accepting product from Ontario farms. The state-of-the-art $50 million G3 Canada Ltd. terminal will create necessary transportation capacity to help Ontario producers deliver their corn, wheat and soybeans to markets around the globe.

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Port of Hamilton: Building pride in its Port City

Within the past decade, the Port of Hamilton has undergone a period of unprecedented growth, from 400 acres in 1990, to approximately 630 acres today. Hamilton’s port lands are occupied by strategic tenants who derive value from the port’s multimodal transportation mix. If there is a downside to this success, it is that the demand for developable land has begun to far outstrip the supply.

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G3 constructs first new grain terminal since the 1960’s at Port of Vancouver

By R. Bruce Striegler

Responding to a question as to why G3 Global Holdings is proceeding with a new Vancouver grain terminal, Brett Malkoske, G3’s Vice-President, Business Development and Communications says, “Straight-up need, Canadian farmers are some of the best in the world at what they do, which is grow grain.” He points out that production in Western Canada in particular has been growing at a fairly constant pace for some time. “Due to our smaller population, domestic consumption of these goods is relatively stagnant, so a substantial amount of what we’re growing has to be exported, and that growth is coming from Asia.”

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Ray-Mont Logistics to build a grain container stuffing operation in Prince Rupert

A new partnership between Ray-Mont Logistics, CN and Port of Prince Rupert would see the building of a new grain container stuffing facility up and running for the 2017/2018 grain crop. The new facility will be located on Ridley Island in the Road, Rail & Utility Corridor (RRUC). It will be capable of handling unit trains and pulse crops for container stuffing and forwarding to final destination. It is the only unit train stuffing facility on Canada’s West Coast.

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Relationship Agreement signed between First Nation Communities and Belledune Port Authority

Belledune Port Authority signed an agreement with First Nation communities which enables all parties involved to explore the development of a framework for consultation on matters related to the Port and potential future projects.

Chief Everett Martin was present to sign the letter on behalf of the Eel River Bar First Nation, as well as Chief David Peter-Paul of Pabineau First Nation. Chief Rebecca Knockwood and Chief George Ginnish signed on behalf of Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. Denis Caron, Port President & CEO was also present for the signing.

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Port of Halifax anticipating busiest cruise season to date

The 2017 cruise season in Halifax will be the busiest to date. A record number of passenger visits and vessel calls will get underway on April 24, 2017 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen, an Amadea vessel. “We are very excited about the year ahead,” said Cathy McGrail, Interim Vice President, Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to working with our partners across the tourism industry as we welcome returning visitors and introduce new guests to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.”

From April 24 to October 31, Port of Halifax is expecting 179 vessel calls carrying approximately 275,000 cruise guests. For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season is well underway. “Those of us fortunate enough to live here know how special our region is,” said Dennis Campbell, CEO, Ambassatours Gray Line. “What drives us is the opportunity to share our attractions, our history and our culture with people from around the world. We’re looking forward to a busy season ahead.”

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