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Canada Infrastructure Bank’s first project in the trade and transportation sector

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announces that it will work with the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecoeur

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Canada Infrastructure Bank’s first project in the trade and transportation sector. Image: Wikimedia/ Jeangagnon

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announces that it will work with the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecoeur, where the port plans to expand its activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding confirms that CIB and MPA will work on the financial structuring of the proposed terminal. This due diligence will include planning and pre-procurement activities for the design, the construction, the financing, the operation and the maintenance of the terminal. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision making.

The objective of the new terminal is to continue to enable importers and exporters to get products to market in a timely fashion and to support Canada’s economic growth and international trade. The terminal in Contrecoeur would enhance the port’s infrastructure that supports the flow of goods from container ships and increases current and future capacity for the next decades.

The Port of Montreal is the only container port in the province of Quebec and the largest port in Eastern Canada. In 2018 alone, it handled more than 1.7 million containers.

The CIB has specialized infrastructure expertise and this project is consistent with its mandate to advise on and potentially invest in trade and transportation infrastructure projects that are revenue-generating and in the public interest.

Quick Facts:

  • CIB is focused on transformational projects that are revenue-generating and in the public interest. Public transit, trade and transportation, green infrastructure and broadband are the priority sectors for investment.
  • As a Crown corporation, CIB is mandated to use $35 billion in federal funding to attract private sector and institutional investment and to work with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous and private partners to transform the way infrastructure is planned, funded and delivered in Canada.
  • CIB’s Board of Directors is responsible for independently making investment decisions.
  • Montreal Port Authority’s proposed Contrecoeur expansion will result in a new infrastructure to help Canadian importers and exporters get products to market in a timely fashion by increasing capacity.
  • The Port of Montreal provides the shortest direct route from Europe and the Mediterranean to North America.

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“The Canada Infrastructure Bank is proud to contribute its expertise to the development of the port terminal project in Contrecoeur to maximize its commercial value and attract private investors. Our collaboration with the Montreal Port Authority demonstrates our commitment to developing trade and transportation infrastructure that will support Canadian economic growth in a responsible, efficient and sustainable manner. This project represents the type of initiatives the CIB intends to develop to diversify and expand Canadian trade.”

— Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

“This commitment by the Canada Infrastructure Bank is a key milestone in the progress of our project towards its completion. This collaboration with this new partner confirms the national importance of our project, whose purpose is to support the growth of international trade for Canada.”

— Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

“The collaboration between the Montreal Port Authority and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) embodies the reasons for the creation of the CIB by the Government of Canada. The CIB has the investment expertise to help the MPA maximize the economic potential of the port terminal project in Contrecoeur. The joint work will ensure that Canadians derive maximum benefit from the expansion of the Port of Montreal’s activities, which is a vital contributor to the country’s economic growth.”

— Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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A new MSC service in Genoa for Canada

The MSC Monica container ship of the Canada Express 1 service arrives at the IMT Genoese terminal of the Messina Group

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A new MSC service in Genoa for Canada. Image: Flickr/ magro_kr

The MSC Monica container ship of the Canada Express 1 service arrives at the IMT Genoese terminal of the Messina Group

First stopover in Genoa, in the IMT (Intermodal Marine Terminal) of the Messina Group, for the regular service of MSC Canada Express line 1 that will directly connect the Genoese port with Montreal in 12 days, climbing the terminals of transfer of Gioia Tauro and Sines (Port rotation: Montreal – Gioia Tauro – Livorno – Genoa – Sines – Valencia – Montreal). 

This new line, on which six container ships of between 3,398 and 4,860 teu will be used, is the second operated by the Swiss group of the shipowner Gianluigi Aponte to to touch the terminal, after the Tyrrhenian Service arrived last year.

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Hamilton-Oshawa port authority to lead $16M agri-food expansion at pier 10

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, announced the Port of Hamilton will receive a $5.5 million investment for a Pier 10 Export Expansion from the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) on behalf of Transport Canada.

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Hamilton-Oshawa port authority to lead $16M agri-food expansion at pier 10. Image: Port of Hamilton

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, announced the Port of Hamilton will receive a $5.5 million investment for a Pier 10 Export Expansion from the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) on behalf of Transport Canada. The federal funding contributes to a $16 million overall expansion project managed by the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA).

This investment will facilitate Pier 10 becoming a dedicated agri-food cluster on the port lands, creating more efficient marine infrastructure to support trade flow and building on several capital investments made by the Port Authority and its food-sector tenants over the past decade.

In recent years, Parrish & Heimbecker and Sucro Sourcing have invested approximately $150 million at Pier 10 to build a new grain terminal, flour mill (P&H), and sugar refinery and crystallization facility (Sucro Sourcing). Two key constraints restrict their potential export capacity, namely: lack of berthage along the Wellington St slip and lack of covered storage for dry bulk products.

The Pier 10 Export Expansion will involve the relocation of Soletanche Bachy Canada, formerly Bermingham Foundations (a pile driving manufacturer) off of the pier to make room for agri-food expansion on site, and two distinct construction projects. The first construction project will be rebuilding Pier 10’s east dock wall (which was originally constructed in the early 1900s) and dredging the Wellington slip alongside it to accommodate berthing seaway vessels. The second project will be the construction of a covered storage facility to house raw sugar, grains and other dry bulk products, reducing truck trips from offsite locations. Moving Soletanche Bachy’s operation to elsewhere on the Port will also reduce the noise levels (involved in the pile-driving manufacturing process) for nearby residents in the North End.

Canadian grain company, Parrish & Heimbecker’s current expansion of its Hamilton milling facility (phase I operations began in 2017) will make P&H the single largest user of Ontario wheat. Theirs was the first flour mill built in Ontario in over 75 years. As one of the busiest exporters on the Port, the new marine infrastructure and berthage space will decrease vessel wait time (which are costly to ship operators), and make it easier for P&H to move more grain by ship.

Sucro Sourcing recently completed a granular sugar refinery and crystallization tower, adding to the liquid sugar refinery which has been in place since 2014, marking the first successful sugar production facility built in Canada since 1958, and providing a welcome competitor in the Canadian refined sugar market. Moving sugar unloading and storage to Pier 10 will also enable Sucro Sourcing to keep more product at their facility, taking thousands of trucks off of the road and reducing truck traffic on nearby residential streets.

Continued investment in agri-food operations at the Port of Hamilton has supported a growing regional food processing supply chain network. The Port of Hamilton is the largest port in Ontario and the primary marine gateway to the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA), the country’s most populous region. The agri-food sector is a $1 billion industry in Hamilton, and in 2018 the Port of Hamilton saw a 63% increase in international exports. The Pier 10 Export Expansion will enable further grain handling capacity, increased domestic processing of raw sugar (for re-export in turn), and improved goods fluidity.

With 630 acres of land and 130 tenants, the Port of Hamilton is critical infrastructure for key Ontario industries, facilitating international trade flows and supporting domestic supply chains. Now merged with the Port of Oshawa, HOPA will continue to deliver on its mandate to support Canadian prosperity and trade by ensuring Canadian industry has the space to invest and grow.

About the Pier 10 Export Expansion Plan

With the support of the NTCF, HOPA will expand the export potential for current and future agri-food businesses at the Port of Hamilton on Pier 10. This plan includes two key construction elements:

  1. Marine infrastructure: The reconstruction of the east dock wall at Pier 10, and dredging of the Wellington slip alongside it.
  2. Storage capacity: Laying a new concrete foundation and constructing a storage facility for bulk sugar and grain.

Quotes

Ian Hamilton, President & CEO, Hamilton Port Authority
“The infrastructure investments we have made to support agri-food businesses on the port lands continue to drive new opportunities for export and economic growth,” said HOPA President & CEO Ian Hamilton. “We’re proud to help our customers increase their onsite capabilities, enhance export capacity, and decrease local truck traffic. This is good news for our port customers, the environment and the surrounding community.”

The Honourable Filomena Tassi M.P., Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, Minister of Seniors
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market, to stimulate growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

Jonathan Taylor, CEO & Founding Owner of Sucro Sourcing LLC
“At Sucro Sourcing, we are focused on creating value for our customers through continuous innovation and unique supply chain solutions. Our innovative approach to micro sugar refineries, and the proprietary process technology utilized, allows Sucro to reduce costs for our customers and conduct business in a way that is more sustainable and aligned with our customers’ needs. Sucro Sourcing’s Hamilton facility is the first successful sugar production facility built in Canada since 1958, supplying some of the leading multinational food manufacturers in Canada, as part of the southern Ontario food processing supply chain.”

Bruce MacIntyre, President & C.O.O., Parrish & Heimbecker
“Increasing the ability to receive more vessels and expanding our capacity at Pier 10 is the answer to getting more of our grain products to market faster. With this investment, we can continue to grow both our grain export business, and domestic milling business in partnership with Canadian farmers.”

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DP World Liège container terminal boosts eco-efficiency with Konecranes

Konecranes Port Services will retrofit electrification to a Model 2 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor crane in DP World’s Liège Container Terminal in Belgium, lowering the terminal’s local emissions and noise.

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DP World Liège container terminal boosts eco-efficiency with Konecranes. Image: Konecranes

Konecranes Port Services will retrofit electrification to a Model 2 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor crane in DP World’s Liège Container Terminal in Belgium, lowering the terminal’s local emissions and noise.

Strategically located along the Meuse river in eastern Belgium, the Port of Liège is the third-largest river port in Europe, directly linked to both Antwerp and Rotterdam. The DP World Liège Container Terminal (DPW LCT) is the only trimodal terminal in Wallonia, operating four barges to Antwerp every week.

The Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 Mobile Harbor Crane was purchased in 2016 and has been working at DPW LCT’s South Terminal. In September 2019, it will be moved from the South Terminal to the North Terminal to meet expanded productivity demands in that area of the Port. Ordinarily, Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor cranes are easily transported by barge, but in this instance the bridge network does not permit transport in this way, so Konecranes Port Services will dismantle the crane at the South Terminal and reassemble it in the new location.

As part of an overall ambition to minimize its environmental impact, the Terminal will take advantage of the move to retrofit its Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 with electrification, so it can be connected to the electricity grid – ensuring lower emissions and lower noise levels. The retrofit will include a cable reel system, allowing the crane to move 150m from the point of connection. If the crane’s electrical system requires maintenance, or if the power supply is disrupted, uptime will be ensured by the existing diesel engine which will become the crane’s backup power supply.

Olivier Hia, General Manager of the DP World Liège Container Terminal, said: “DPW LCT always strives to reduce its environmental impact on the community that it is part of. The project to electrify our hard-working mobile harbor crane will make it quieter and reduce its local emissions. This is another example of our commitment to social responsibility and eco-efficient operations. We are pleased to be working once again with Konecranes, and I have no doubt that our customers and community will be the winners in the end.”

The contract win underscores Konecranes commitment to helping customers achieve the highest lifecycle value of their equipment. The agreement also supports Konecranes belief in the growing opportunities of the circular economy, and the company’s commitment to deliver savings to customers via repairing, modernizing, reusing, and recycling products.

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