Major investment at the Port of Trois-Rivières

by MM&D Online Staff

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec—A major investment will improve the Port of Trois-Rivières. The project includes the reconstruction of Pier 13, the construction of a new roll-on/roll-off ramp at Pier 10 and the construction of enclosed storage facilities at Pier 19, hangars 24 and 25.

The Government of Canada is committing up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs to a maximum of $16.27 million from the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements and the signing of a contribution agreement.

The Trois-Rivières Port Authority will be will be responsible for the balance of the project funding estimated at $16.82 million. Additionally, the private sector is expected to contribute nearly $15 million for the purchase of new equipment at the terminal.

These improvements represent a 40 per cent increase in outdoor dock storage space, while the enclosed storage capacity for solid bulk will be expanded by 65,000 metric tonnes by the fall of 2016. Companies using the Port have been awaiting these new additions, which will allow them to develop their operations and accommodate their clients’ growth.

The construction of this new multipurpose terminal is expected to generate more than 300 direct and indirect jobs, while the operation of the terminal will result in approximately 70 jobs.

The Port of Trois-Rivières, one of the largest in Quebec and Eastern Canada, handles approximately 55,000 trucks, 11,000 freight cars, and 240 ships per year from around 100 ports in over 40 countries on all continents. It handles nearly 4 million metric tonnes of traffic every year.