The Port of Trois-Rivières has existed for 130 years and its configuration, as it appeared in 2008, dated back to the 1930s when the basin was developed and the first elevator was constructed.
The structural upheavals in the marine industry and the opportunities that were available to the Port of Trois-Rivières demanded a thorough review of its services, its configuration and its facilities. Added to the commercial considerations were the growing environmental concerns, a city-port relationship based on new foundations, new security requirements and especially the need to design port operations in the context of sustainable development.
It is in this context that the TRPA completed in 2008 a massive strategic planning process leading to the adoption of the strategic plan entitled On Course for 2020: Developing Modern, Productive, Community-Integrated Infrastructures in Support of a Skilled Workforce. The implementation of this plan will extend until 2020.
Phase I of On Course for 2020 was completed at the start of 2011 and marked a historical turning point for the Port of Trois-Rivières. The investments radically changed the infrastructures, opened the way for new cargo, increased the port’s competitiveness and redefined the relationship between the Port and the City of Trois-Rivières. More specifically, Phase I included consolidating the Port estate and its secured perimeter, improving road access, increasing rail capacity, adding 26,000 m2 of outdoor storage space, building two warehouses: one for solid bulk and the other for general cargo, and improving the City/Port interface. Phase I required investments of $25 million and increased the total capacity of the port by 23%.
In 2014, the Port started implementing Phase II of its plan On Course for 2020 by building Warehouse 16 and carrying out specific work on the railway and site work for the construction of warehouses 24 and 25. This development was necessary in order to complete the focal point of Phase II, which is the construction of a multipurpose terminal. The detail engineering, environmental studies, and compensatory measures in preparation for the construction of this terminal have already been completed.
The next steps consists in reconstructing and expanding Dock 13, consolidating Dock 14, adding a Ro-Ro ramp, building two new warehouses (24 and 25) (see Press Release for more details).
Once completed, these modifications will have increased outside storage space at the docks by over 40%, and inside storage capacity (warehouses) for solid bulk will have increased by 65,000 metric tonnes. The multi-purpose terminal will be able to handle semi-trailer transport, general cargo, bulk and oversized cargo. The terminal should be in service in the autumn of 2016, and all the work should be completed by the summer of 2018.
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