The Port of Saguenay rail spur was inaugurated in May 2015. The project, which cost $37 million, was made possible by financial contributions from the governments of Canada and Quebec, the City of Saguenay and the Port of Saguenay. Thanks to this infrastructure, the Grande-Anse Marine Terminal has affirmed its strategic position at the national level, in part due to its Port industrial complex (PIC) of more than 10,000,000 m2, its direct access to the national highway network and its year-round deep water facilities.
In order to fulfill its mission to develop the services and conditions conducive to the expansion of Canada's foreign trade and the industrialization and development of Canada's hinterland, the Port of Saguenay has developed a rail line linking the port to the national railway network. The Port is also ideally positioned to play a key role in achieving the government of Quebec's strategic objectives, namely the deployments of the Maritime Strategy and the Plan Nord. Indeed, since it is the only port site linked to the national railway network AND can accommodate ships of 100,000 tonnes (with a potential capacity of 200,000 tonnes) throughout the year, the Port of Saguenay is a vital component in the transport of medium and large volumes.
The rail terminal is located in the centre of the Saguenay port-industrial area (PIA), enabling industries not only to move large volumes through the site, but also to set up processing companies that will be competitive and stand out on the world market. Located in deep water and away from inhabited areas, the Port of Saguenay has all the necessary services for light or heavy industry (rail link, quality road access, electricity, water, and natural gas in the vicinity).
Whether it is for the carriage of bulk materials (dry or liquid), general carto or specialized cargo, the Port of Sageunay is the solution on the marine transport chessboard in northeastern North America.
The rail spur to the Port of Saguenay is 12.5 km long on rails of 136 lbs and its directly connected to the North American rail network. It is very safe, having been built according to the latest standards in effect. For example, all public road crossing are equipped with barriers and traffic lights, provinding a high level of safety for road users.
The main characteristics of the railway facilities are: