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Belledune Port Authority

The Port of Belledune is an artificial, year-round, deep-sea harbour strategically located near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River on the south shore of the Bay of Chaleur, about 40 km north of Bathurst, New Brunswick. The Port of Belledune boasts three terminals that serve a vast industrial park linked to Canada's road and rail networks, and as such, offers virtually unlimited potential for growth.

• In 2014, the port handled over 1.6 million tonnes of a variety of bulk cargo ranging from metallurgical coke to wood pellets and aggregate.

» Port of Belledune website

Halifax Port Authority

The Port of Halifax is an ice-free port with minimal tides and no currents that is one day closer to southeast Asia (via the Suez Canal) than any other North American east coast container port. A deep-water port (45-50 feet) that is the only port on the east coast that can handle fully laden post-Panamax container vessels with high labour productivity, an average of 25 lifts per hour.

• East Coast’s multipurpose international container port, handling 400,063 TEU and over 7.8 million tonnes of total cargo in 2014.
• Ships steel, rubber, forest products, automobiles, containers and liquid bulk.
• Major cruise destination hosting 134 ships and 217,305 passengers in 2014.

» Port of Halifax website

Hamilton Port Authority

The Port of Hamilton is located at the west end of Lake Ontario. Major cargoes include dry bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo with total annual tonnage averaging 10 million metric tonnes, of which just over 1 million tonnes is overseas cargo (2010 stats.) and is visited by more than 600 vessel calls annually. The Port Authority offers 8,900 metres of docking facilities with drafts to Seaway requirements, 160,186 square metres of warehousing, and ten (10) shipping piers for cargo storage.

• Located in Canada’s industrial heartland.
• Handled more than 10.5 million tonnes of liquid, dry and break bulk cargoes in 2014.

» Port of Hamilton website

Montreal Port Authority

Linked to more than 100 countries around the world by many reputable shipping lines, the Port of Montreal is located on one of the largest navigable waterways in the world – the majestic St. Lawrence River – and offers the shortest route between major European and Mediterranean ports and North American markets. Situated 1,600 kilometres inland from the Atlantic, it is the international port closest to North America’s industrial heartland, representing a hinterland of some 100 million Canadian and American consumers.

• Handled over 30 million tonnes of liquid and dry bulk and containers (1.4 million TEU) in 2014.
• A cruise ship destination of choice, the port welcomed 71,044 passengers and crew members in 2014.

» Port of Montreal website

Nanaimo Port Authority

The Port of Nanaimo is the largest port on Vancouver Island and administers approximately 50 km of waterfront within harbour boundaries. In the cargo area, Port facilities include the 40.5 hectare Assembly Wharf of storage areas, warehouses, a mill, a dry dock and four berths. The 26 hectare Duke Point site has a deep-sea berth, a large all-purpose loading ramp, a container crane and licenced one-acre sites. BC Ferries carries almost 5.5 million passengers and over 2.1 million vehicles in and out of the harbour annually. Two seaplane companies carry approximately 158,000 passengers annually using the floats at the Port's Seaplane Terminal. In 2014, it handled over 4.1 million metric tonnes of Cargo.

• Transportation gateway for Vancouver Island, NPA handled over 4.1 million tonnes of petroleum, forest products, chemicals and salt in 2014.

» Nanaimo Port Authority website

Oshawa Port Authority

Located on Lake Ontario, 51.48 kilometres from Metro Toronto, the Port of Oshawa offers smooth and efficient access to markets in south central Ontario, the north eastern United States and the entire world. The Port of Oshawa’s facilities consist of two berths, capable of accommodating vessels to a maximum of 222.5 metres in length and drawing 7.9 metres, full seaway depth, on the east and west sides.

• Durham Region’s gateway to world markets through the St. Lawrence Seaway.
• Handles $23 million worth of cargo annually, including 357,125 tonnes of salt and steel products, asphalt and grain in 2014.

» Oshawa Port Authority website

Port Alberni Port Authority

Port Alberni is situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island at the head of Alberni inlet, 58 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean -- a fine, all-year-round, ice-free port where vessels can be accommodated at all stages of tide. The port offers three deep-sea berths which can accommodate up to "Panamax" size vessels and are owned and operated by the Port Alberni Port Authority. The Port has diversified revenue streams, most notably, deep-sea shipping, property leases and marina management.

• With direct access to the Pacific, PAPA is a diversified international port, handling over 1.6 million tonnes of forest products in 2014.

» Port Alberni Port Authority website

Prince Rupert Port Authority

The Port of Prince Rupert is strategically located on British Columbia’s north coast and has excellent road and rail transportation systems to western and eastern Canada, and proximity to major world markets. The port, which offers a large, ice-free harbour sheltered by outer islands, is capable of accommodating vessels of up to 250,000 DWT. It has several deep-sea berths and is in the process of developing container-handling capability to take advantage of the growing trade from China and the excellent access it has to the mid-west US market.

• Closest North American port to Asia, PRPA handled over 20 million tonnes of grain, coal, chemicals, forest products, and containers in 2014, surpassing previous records.
• In 2012, Canada’s newest container terminal in PRPA surpassed its design capacity of 500,000 TEU.

» Prince Rupert Port Authority website

Quebec Port Authority

Due to the quality of its harbour, its port services, its rail connections to all terminals and its 15 meters of water at low tide, The Port of Québec is THE gateway to the Great Lakes! Open year-round and located about 1400 kilometers towards the heartland of North American continent, the Port of Québec is located at less than 300 kilometers from the first lock leading to the Great Lakes. So, the port efficiently links the industrial and agricultural heartland of North America to the rest of the world. In fact, it is one of the shortest water route between Europe and the Great Lakes market. Through its infrastructures and its harbour services, the maritime community connects the region to about 60 countries that export and import merchandise whose origin or destination is in the Great Lakes basin. Since the turn of the century, the Port of Québec has increased its main activities by approximately 75 percent.

• Handled 24 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk and general cargo in 2014.
• As part of one of the oldest cities in Canada, QPA hosted 103 cruise ship visits and 180,000 visitors in 2014.

» Port du Québec website

Saguenay Port Authority

Port of Saguenayinstallations consist of Grande-Anse Marine Terminal and Powell Wharf, both multi-modal terminals. These terminals are located 54 nautical miles from the junction of the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence.

• Key regional port and cruise ship destination in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area, handling 280,097 tonnes of general cargo, liquid, and dry bulk in 2014

• The cruise-ship wharf received 32 vessels and close to 29,000 passengers in 2014.

» Saguenay Port Authority website

Saint John Port Authority

The Port of Saint John,, New Brunswick, provides a year-round, deep water, ice free port, handling in excess of 28 million tonnes of cargo annually, consisting of petroleum products, potash, forest products, containers, bulk salt, metals, sugar, project cargo and miscellaneous bulk products. Saint John is a major port of call for cruise ships in the Canada-New England market.

• East Coast’s major bulk facility handled 28 million tonnes of liquid bulk (petroleum products), dry bulk and containers (89,615 TEU ) in 2014.
• Significant cruise destination hosting 49 ship calls from 11 cruise lines, with close to 150,000 guests and crewmembers in 2014.

» Saint John Port Authority website

Sept-Iles Port Authority

Located on the north shore of the lower St. Lawrence River about 530 kilometres downstream from Quebec City, the Port of Sept-Ilescomprises a large and deep-water bay of some 10 kilometres in diameter with a well-protected entrance due to a small group of islands. Annual economic impacts are estimated at nearly $1 billion, with nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs created within the region.

• One of North America’s largest ore-handling ports, boasting diverse, state-of-the-art facilities that allowed it to handle 23.9 million tonnes of iron ore, alumina, aluminum, petroleum coke and limestone in 2014.

» Sept-Iles Port Authority website

St. John's Port Authority

The Port of St. John’s is the location of Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary and most advanced container terminal. They are the primary offshore energy supply and service centre on the East Coast of Canada. And, true to their roots, they are one of the most active fish-handling ports in the province. As innovators and entrepreneurs, the port has evolved from the historic fishery to become a strategic transportation hub and powerful economic engine.

• Handled 1.6 million tonnes of domestic containers, liquid and dry bulk in 2014.
• At the centre of a growing cruise ship industry, having welcomed 17,772 passengers and 17 ships in 2014.

» St. John's Port Authority website

Thunder Bay Port Authority

The Port of Thunder Bay is an international seaport, 3,200 kilometres inland from the Atlantic Ocean and at the head of the Great Lakes/Seaway System. The port stretches along more than 45 kilometres of shoreline. Thunder Bay is a major Canadian port, handling upwards of 9 million tonnes of cargo in a typical year.

• Canada’s primary grain port.
• Handled 9.3 million tonnes in 2014, mainly grain products, as well as coal, potash, forest products, and project cargo.

» Thunder Bay Port Authority website

Toronto Port Authority

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, 41.8 kilometres from Port Weller at the entrance to the Welland Canal leading to Lake Erie. An average of 400 ships arrive at the Port of Toronto each year. A new fast-ferry service has been established between Toronto and Rochester with a new cruise terminal on port lands.

• One of Canada’s largest inland ports, serving Canada’s largest city and close to 25% of Canada’s population.
• Owns and operates the Billy Bishop Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and the Outer Harbour Marina.
• Handled 1.8 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk in 2014, as well as special project cargo like windmills, power plant components and locomotives.

» Toronto Port Authority website

Trois-Rivieres Port Authority

Open to navigation 12 months a year, the Port of Trois-Rivières also offers to most of the berths a water depth of 10.6 M. The main facilities include: grain elevators, 4 transit sheds for general cargo, open storage areas, tanks for different liquid bulk products and also an excellent railway system.

• Strategically located between Montreal and Québec, the port welcomes 250 ships per year.
• In 2014, handled 3.7 million tonnes of dry bulk and grain, as well as diverse cargo such as containers, wind towers, and forest products.

» Trois-Rivieres Port Authority website

Port Metro Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified Port and the largest export port in North America. Each year, it trades $172 billion in goods – or one-fifth of Canada’s trade – with more than 160 trading economies. In 2012, that amounted to 124 million metric tonnes of cargo in four business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk and container. The Port’s fifth business sector, cruise, attracted more than 820,000 passengers to Vancouver in 2013 for its Alaskan cruise season.

Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction covers more than 600 kilometres of shoreline bordering 16 municipalities, one treaty First Nation, and several First Nations. The Port manages more than 16,000 hectares of water, and nearly 1,000 hectares of land and assets.

With a full range of facilities and services for the international shipping community, including access by three Class 1 railroads, Port Metro Vancouver offers 28 major marine cargo terminals with virtually no draft restrictions, Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities.

Through its extensive community engagement program, Port Metro Vancouver works hard to preserve the quality of life in the Metro Vancouver region, and to leverage the Port’s ability to drive growth and prosperity, now and in the future.

• Almost 95 per cent of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets. Canada’s largest port, PMV handled 140 million tonnes of bulk and container cargoes in 2014, valued at $187 billion.
• A Major cruise ship homeport: PMV hostsover 800,000 passengers per year

» Port Metro Vancouver website

Windsor Port Authority

The Port of Windsor is a deep-water port about 22.5 kilometres in length, located on the south shore of the Detroit River, extending from the upper end of Fighting Island to about 8 kilometres east of Peche Island. Utilized on a 12-month basis and equipped to handle all types of cargo from packaged freight to bulk cargoes, including salt, fluorspar, grain, crushed stone, sand, calcium, steel, vehicles, liquid cargo of petroleum products, containers, truck and railroad roll-on/roll-off, fuel bunkering service for ships up to 304.8 metres.

• Major regional port in Southwestern Ontario.
• Handled 5.4 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk in 2014.
• Included aggregates for construction of the Herb Grey Parkway and road salt for the region.

» Windsor Port Authority website


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