Trois-Rivières records “average” 2020 throughput

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

In 2020, the Port of Trois-Rivières handled 3.3 million tonnes (MMT) of cargo. Although this is down from the record year of 2019, it is in line with the average of the last five years and with the port’s forecasts.

Dry bulk traffic of 2.9 MMT made up 85 percent of the total tonnage. Liquid bulk was 300,000 tonnes (10 percent), and general cargo was 170,000 metric tonnes (five percent). A total of 209 vessels docked at the Port.

“As we all know, this past year has been difficult for everyone, we have all had to adjust to new realities. I would like to highlight the exceptional work and adaptability of our partners: our stevedores: G3 Canada, Logistec and Groupe Somavrac, the longshoremen and all the workers at the Port, as well as our clients and many collaborators. Thanks to them, we have been able to face this challenging period while meeting our established forecasts and continuing the deployment of the On Course for 2030 development plan,” said Gaétan Boivin, president and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières.

On Course for 2030

An important milestone in the On Course for 2030 plan was reached last October when Transport Canada confirmed financial assistance of $33.4 million, out of a total investment of nearly $130 million, for the construction of Terminal 21. A flagship project of the On Course for 2030 development plan, this new terminal will increase the port’s capacity by nearly 50 percent.

716 metres of dock frontage and nearly 100,000 m2 of surface area will be added to the west of the existing infrastructure. Commissioning is scheduled for early 2024.

The partnership between the Ports of Trois-Rivières and Montreal also reached an important milestone in 2020 with the deployment of three projects that will improve the maritime operations of both ports: the implementation of a common extranet portal to manage vessel arrivals, the harmonization of practices and procedures, and the implementation of a common access card for workers and visitors.

Local contributions

The Port of Trois-Rivières has also contributed to several local and regional organizations. Special donations were made to organizations that are providing front-line assistance during the pandemic. COMSEP, Les Artisans de la Paix, Le Havre, Point de rue, Centraide Mauricie and Moisson Mauricie/Centre-du-Québec received special financial assistance.

Active since 1882, the Port of Trois-Rivières is an important player in regional, national and international economic development for major industrial sectors such as aluminum industry, forestry and agri-food.

The Port of Trois-Rivières handles 55,000 trucks, 11,000 railcars and more than 200 merchant and cruise ships annually, originating from over 100 different ports in more than 40 countries around the world.

It handles over 3.3 million metric tonnes of traffic, is responsible for nearly 220 million dollars in economic spin-offs and generates more than 2,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.