The administration of the Port of Sept-iles does not want to sit on its 2019 figures (see second text) and intends to continue its growth in 2020. It even talks about a record.
The outlook for the new year leads the President and CEO to see a new brand established in terms of freight transportation. The 1979 record 34.9 million tonnes may well be a thing of the past.
“With what is taking shape, we should beat it, that’s what we hope for,” said Pierre D. Gagnon in an interview. “We are on continuity”.
It bases its expectations on the arrival of additional tonnage from its main partners, notably Tacora Ressource Inc., with a normal capacity targeted at 6.5 million tonnes. “And at Iron Ore, it’s not an open secret, phase 2 to be announced will double the volume,” said Mr. Gagnon.
The President and CEO of the Port of Sept-iles also talks about the success of the split cargo, a consecration of the multi-user dock that allows the loading of three types of ore.
“It shows how we are equipped and how we can reduce transport costs. This is possible with the Pointe-Noire Railway and Port Company. It is a key player that enables loading and storage. The success of one can be that of the other.”
The bright future that the Sept-iles Port Authority sees also depends on its stakeholders and managers, notably the Port of Port-Cartier. “It is very structuring for a dynamic of transport on the North Shore. Everyone wins. They are gateways to the St. Lawrence, it brings traffic,” he concludes.
15% growth in volume handled for 2019
The Port of Sept-iles cocktail at the start of the year was an opportunity for its administration to review what marked 2019. The figures are very revealing for the last year. The data show a growth of more than 15% in the volume handled.
The Port of Sept-iles continues to rank among the most important ports on the St. Lawrence, ranking second for volume after that of Montreal.
In 2019, nearly 29.3 million tonnes were handled, compared to 25.3 million in 2018. The 2019 results constitute the best year since the creation in 1999 of the Sept-iles Port Authority.
The CEO attributes success to the supply chain, “the players in the stevedoring and service companies.” Pierre D. Gagnon even expects to catch up with the volume of Montreal installations thanks to his effervescence.
In June, the Port had confirmation of an investment of $ 13 million from the two levels of government for the project to modernize the Pointe-aux-Basques terminal, a project which amounts to $ 20 million.
During his speech, Mr. Gagnon made a point of emphasizing the contribution of INREST (Nordic Institute for Research in Environment and Health in Work) which brings international recognition and to thank the resources of the Port and the devotion of the members of the board of directors “for the good destinies of the organization”.
2019 was also the year marking the 20th anniversary of the port authority’s financial autonomy and its local ownership. Two open days were offered to the population, one on May 25 under the theme of “Cruise for a day”, which enabled the population to live the experience of a cruise line from all angles with outings in zodiacs, visits to museums, tastings of local products, traditional dances and craft products, and one on August 10, “XXL Day”, in collaboration with the Table bioalimentaire. It offered a range of activities such as yoga, cooking demonstrations, tastings of local dishes, contests and public market. It was also an opportunity to launch the commemorative beer “Pointe aux Basques” in collaboration with the microbrewery La Compagnie.
Contribution to the community
This collaboration with La Compagnie enabled a donation of $ 2,000 to l’Envol – Maison de la Famille in Sept-iles. The Port of Sept-iles has also played its role as a social actor in the Septilian community by contributing to various organizations or events.