Sign of the strength of the economic recovery, the Port of Trois-Rivières has had to refuse customers since the beginning of the year.
At least five ships were diverted to other ports for lack of sufficient storage space to accommodate them. They carried a total of 100,000 tonnes of general cargo.
“We don’t like to refuse a ship,” said the CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières, Gaétan Boivin. At worst, things will go elsewhere, but not necessarily in Quebec or in Canada, but perhaps abroad. ”
Port activity in Trois-Rivières will hardly, if not at all, weaken at the worst of the pandemic. “At the port of Trois-Rivières, we did not experience this period of economic slowdown,” said Mr. Boivin.
Despite the significant addition of storage space in recent years, the port is still flirting with the limits of its capacity. However, the problem will be resolved around 2025 with the extension of the quays over a length of 700 meters on the west side.
The tonnage handled may be increased by 50%. Quebec also announced on Monday financial support for this project of up to $ 22.5 million. This is a global project exceeding $ 130 million. Ottawa has already provided assistance of $ 33 million.
“Thanks to the construction of Terminal 21, the Port will be even better equipped to respond to this growth,” said Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport.