Quebec port plans to build new container terminal to boost competitiveness

THE Quebec Port Authority in eastern Canada says it will build a new container terminal that will be part of the Beauport 2020 expansion project, in a bid to profit from its proximity to 40 per cent of US manufacturing capacity.

The expansion will extend the port's wharf line by 610 metres, feature a 17-hectare container yard and connect to existing road and rail networks. However, Quebec did not provide any information on the container handling capacity of the new terminal or a timeline for construction, reported IHS Media.

According to the port authority, it plans to construct a new container terminal in order to maintain the competitiveness of St Lawrence ports against their US rivals now that mega ships are able to pass through the expanded Panama Canal.

Container traffic at Quebec is nearly non-existent at the moment, and the port authority does not publish its TEU throughput. Total traffic at Montreal, which opened a new 450,000 TEU terminal in late 2016, increased by 6.8 per cent year on year through October to 1.3 million TEU.

Source: Schednet

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