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Inauguration of Breakbulk Terminal at Port of Trois-Rivières

(Posted on 02/05/18)

Canada's Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Mr. Jean D'Amour, the Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Ms. Julie Boulet, the MNA for Trois-Rivières, Mr. Jean-Denis Girard, Ms. Danielle St-Amand and Mr. Gaétan Boivin, respectively Chair of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) and Mr. Rodney Corrigan, Executive Vice-President of Operations, and Mr. Michel Miron, Vice President of Operations at Logistec Corp. have inaugurated the Breakbulk Terminal at the Port of Trois-Rivières.

Construction of Dock 9 was completed last December, thereby finalizing the new Breakbulk Terminal. This new dock was part of the development project which included outdoor storage areas 9, 10 and 11, the construction of warehouse 9 and the upgrading of road and rail access completed during Phase I of the On Course for 2020 modernization plan. The Breakbulk Terminal at the Port of Trois-Rivières required investments totalling $ 27.3 million between 2009 and 2017. The Government of Canada's contribution totalled $ 7.8 million and $ 6 million for the Government of Quebec, while the TRPA invested $ 10 million along with investments of $ 3.5 million from Port users.

The Breakbulk Terminal includes Piers 9, 10, and 11, with 36,000 square metres of outdoor storage and three warehouses totalling 18,000 square metres. Efficient access is provided both by rail and by road. The terminal will improve competitiveness for shipping on the St. Lawrence and for manufacturing companies in the region. It will increase shipping traffic for a wide variety of products directly related to the activities of regional companies, either as input goods or as export products. The TRPA and Logistec Corp. entered into an agreement in 2017 for the operation of the Terminal. Logistec Inc. is one of the largest port terminal operators in North America. With its headquarters in Montreal, the company operates 58 terminals in 35 ports throughout Canada and the United States.

It should also be noted that the construction of Dock 9 represented the final project in the On Course for 2020 modernization plan put forward by the TRPA in 2008. In addition to the development of the Breakbulk Terminal, this plan also included investments in other port terminals, in its road and rail network and in the development of green spaces. It has required a total investment of $ 131.6 million and was completed three years ahead of schedule.

The Port of Trois-Rivières handles 3 million metric tonnes of cargo and 90% of this traffic is related to international trade. It accommodates 55,000 trucks, 11,000 railcars and more than 200 merchant ships annually originating from over 125 different ports in more than 40 countries around the world.

As part of the 18 Canadian Port Authorities and active since 1882, the Port of Trois-Rivières offers a wide range of facilities and services to the maritime industry throughout the year.

Generating close to 900 direct jobs, it is an important player in regional, national and international economic development for major industrial sectors such as the construction industry, aluminum, mining, energy and agri-food.

“The Port of Trois-Rivières is one of Canada's strategic ports. The Government of Canada is pleased to have contributed to improvements to the Port’s infrastructure to benefit our export industry,” said the Minister of Transport

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