SEPT-ÎLES, QUEBEC, February 21, 2023 – The Port of Sept-Îles (“the Port”) and LOGISTEC Arrimage Inc. (“LOGISTEC”) are proud to announce that they reached the impressive milestone of handling 50 million tons of iron ore since the Port’s multi-user dock opened in March 2018. This achievement reflects both the significant growth of the mining industry and the operational excellence of the teams responsible for meeting demand and optimizing supply chain flow.
The 50 millionth ton of iron ore, from Quebec Iron Ore’s Lac Bloom mine, was loaded on board the M/V NSU Voyager. The nearly 300-metre-long ocean-going vessel, built in 2017 in Japan and belonging to NS United Kaiun Kaisha Ltd., will return to the Port of Oita and the Port of Wakayama, Japan, with a cargo of 197,000 tons of iron ore.
“The Port of Sept-Îles has grown significantly since the multi-user dock opened, with its workers operating the facilities with an impressive reliability rate of over 97% since the dock was commissioned. We also want to recognize the success of our clients, Quebec Iron Ore, Tacora Resources and Société Ferroviaire et Portuaire de Pointe-Noire, which helped us reach this historic milestone. The Port and LOGISTEC teams worked together closely to ensure a reliable export of iron ore to markets. Today, we toast our teams on the ground, whose hard work has enabled us to reach the first 50 million tons and will ensure many more to come!” said Pierre Gagnon, President and CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles.
“These 50 million tons speak to the efforts, collaboration and dedication of the LOGISTEC teams who work day and night to safely serve clients,” said Rodney Corrigan, President of LOGISTEC “Our team has developed cutting-edge expertise and successfully delivered operational excellence, despite growing demand and extreme weather, and I would like to recognize their hard work and dedication, which contributes to the success of the Port of Sept-Îles, a leading world-class port.”
Since operations began, a total of 297 vessels have been loaded at the multi-user dock. The Port team works tirelessly to ensure that the economic activities that take place in the Bay of Sept-Îles run smoothly, without ever compromising safety or environmental protection. LOGISTEC has been in the marine industry for over 70 years and has forged an exceptional collaborative relationship with the Port team, enabling it to develop customized expertise to better serve its clients.
About the Port of Sept-Îles
Boasting diverse, state-of-the-art facilities, the Port of Sept-Îles is North America’s largest ore-handling port, with a projected volume for 2023 of nearly 40 million metric tons. It is also recognized as the largest primary aluminum port terminal in the Americas in terms of operational volume. The facilities at the Port of Sept-Îles play a vital and strategic role in the economy of Eastern Canada. The Port is also deeply committed to sustainable development and has pioneered the first environmental observatory on the St. Lawrence to monitor the marine ecosystem.
Based in Montreal, Quebec, LOGISTEC Corporation provides specialized services to the marine industry and industrial companies, including bulk and break-bulk cargo and container handling services at 53 port facilities and 79 terminals in North America. LOGISTEC also provides coastal marine transportation services, mainly to the Arctic, and marine agency services to ship owners and operators in the Canadian market. The Corporation also works in the environmental sector, offering services to industrial and municipal clients and other government entities, such as replacing groundwater pipes, dredging, dewatering, contaminated soil and waste management, site remediation, risk analysis and product manufacturing related to fluid transportation. For more information, please visit the company website at www.logistec.com.
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Port of Sept-Îles
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