Trois-Rivières building new multi-purpose terminal

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
An artist’s rendering of the Terminal 21 development.

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – A new multi-purpose terminal will be built at the Port of Trois-Rivières.

The federal government will spend $33.4 million to aid in  the construction of a close to 100,000-square-metre terminal west of the port’s existing infrastructure. With a total investment of close to $130 million, Terminal 21 will be used for the transhipment of dry bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo.

The project includes the construction of a 716-metre wharf and road and rail access roads, as well as storage space. The terminal will also help improve traffic flow and eliminate the bottlenecks currently facing the port, and allow it to develop a multimodal platform to ensure the efficient transfer of goods between road, rail, and maritime modes.

“Terminal 21 is a crucial step in our On Course for 2030 development plan,” said Danielle St-Amand, chair of the Port of Trois-Rivières Board of Directors.

“The Port of Trois-Rivières relies on a dynamic team, versatile and ambitious stevedores, as well as committed partners. This is our recipe for success and we intend to take this major step in our development in collaboration with all these players.”

50 percent more capacity

A flagship project of the On Course for 2030 development plan, this new terminal will increase the port’s capacity by nearly 50 percent. The port is currently running at full capacity.

The Port of Trois-Rivières currenlty accommodates 55,000 trucks, 11,000 railcars and more than 250 merchant and cruise ships annually originating from over 100 different ports in more than 40 countries around the world. It handles over four million tonnes of traffic and supports more than 2,000 jobs.

“Today’s announcement comes in a context where we need to create the conditions for economic recovery. Terminal 21 will increase Port traffic by 1.5 million tonnes with an estimated value of $2.7 billion,” said Gaétan Boivin, thge port’s president and CEO.

“This is the largest expansion phase that the Port will experience in nearly one hundred years and is the foundation for its future development.”

With completion scheduled for December 2023, its operation will result in the creation of 425 direct and indirect jobs and annual economic spin-offs of $36 million. The construction phase will contribute to the creation of 630 jobs and spin-offs of $99 million.

As part of the 17 Canadian Port Authorities and active since 1882, the Port of Trois-Rivières serves industrial sectors such as the aluminum industry, forestry and agri-food.

The National Trade Corridors Fund supports projects that improve the performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets; and generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.