QSL to operate wharves at Thorold, Ontario

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by Emily Atkins

QSL has partnered with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) to operate SLSMC’s Wharves 5 and 6.

Fifty-five acres of combined SLSMC and HOPA land will be used for cargo handling and storage in Thorold, Ontario, with access to the Welland Canal.

The Niagara Region, on the doorstep of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, is connected to Class-1 North American rail lines, and offers direct access to ports around the world through the Welland Canal and Great Lakes Seaway system.

QSL operates a network of marine terminals in North America.

“We are delighted to have QSL expand their operations on the Welland Canal, which we expect will result in the increased movement of cargo through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system,” said Terence Bowles, SLSMC president and CEO.

“The SLSMC recently invested $7 million to upgrade Wharves 5 and 6, and more upgrades are planned in the near future.  This investment is part of our commitment to maintaining and upgrading the binational Seaway and strengthening Canada’s national supply chain.”

“We welcome the expertise of stevedoring provider QSL,” said Ian Hamilton, president and  CEO of HOPA Ports. “Niagara’s maritime sector is thriving and will benefit from the addition of QSL’s technical expertise and diverse international customer base. We look forward to working as partners to grow the logistics capacity and supply chain resilience in the Great Lakes region.”

“I’m proud and excited to add Thorold Wharves 5 and 6 to our 64-terminal network. This partnership strengthens our Ontario presence and reinforces our collaboration with two key stakeholders, SLSMC and HOPA Ports. Furthermore, this strategic alliance aligns perfectly with QSL’s determination to be a paramount player in the Seaway and Great Lakes corridor,” said Robert Bellisle, QSL’s president and CEO.