TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) welcomed 260 vessels, including 25 cruise ships, and set a new handling record of 4.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2019. The port generated a net income of $2.9 million.
“Once again, we owe this record-breaking year to our valued partners – our users, workers and customers. Their commitment makes the Port of Trois-Rivières a facility that stands out,” said Gaétan Boivin, president and CEO.
As part of the port’s “On Course for 2030” development plan, $2.5 million, spread over five years, was made available beginning in 2019 for upgrades. This financial assistance tops up investments that each of the Port’s cargo-handling clients has made, or will make, to optimize their operations and improve their services.
An important step in the implementation of the Industrial-Port Zone was taken with the agreement reached with Hason Steel Products. A building constructed on the Bellefeuille Street site allows the company to assemble its oversized products for export via the port facilities to customers all over the world.
As an urban port, the population was invited last September to participate in an open house organized with the precious collaboration of the Port’s clients and users. The public was able to take advantage of one of the fifty bus tours to visit the Port’s facilities, in addition to meeting the Port’s partners who were on hand to provide information about their organization and answer questions.
The port also announced that in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has made a special donation to four organizations located in the neighbourhoods that offer front-line assistance: COMSEP, Les Artisans de la Paix, Le Havre and Point de rue.
A donation was also made to Centraide Mauricie’s emergency and recovery fund, which assists several organizations in Trois-Rivières.
“The Port of Trois-Rivières is very present in its community and has been for many years…These organizations, which are already under a lot of pressure in normal times, are currently experiencing additional pressure caused by the pandemic while the benefits they normally hold are being compromised. We hope to make a difference by contributing to their mission,” Boivin explained.
The Port of Trois-Rivières 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 cargo and supports more than 2,000 direct, indirect jobs.