SAGUENAY PORT AUTHORITY

The Saguenay Port authotiry (SPA), also known as the "Port of Saguenay", is an autonomous federal public enterprise incorporated under the Canada Marine Act in 1999.  It is one of the 18 Canadian Port Authorities (CPAs), recongnized for its strategic importance and its contribution to the country's economy.

Located in the heart of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean industrial region, the Port of Saguenay is a natural gateway to Northern quebec and its extensive natural resources.  Accessible all year round, its deep water marine facilities are capable of accomodating some of the world's largest ships.  Accessible directly from major North American rail and highway networks, the Port is also renowned for the quality and availability of its infrastructure.

Port of Saguenay owns and operates the Grande-Anse Marine Terminal, which is located in the municipaliaty of La Baie in the City of Saguenay.  This terminal is used primarily for the transhipment of general cargoes, dry bulk and bulk liquids. Adjaceent to the terminal, the Port of Saguenay also has a port industrial complex of more that 10 km2 dedicated to logistics activities and heavy industry.

The Port of Saguenay is also very active in the international cruise industry : the SPA operates the Bagotville warf located on Baie des Ha! Ha! for the international cruise market.  Saguenay is the third busiest port of call in Quebec with more that 45,000 passengers expected in 2017.

Highlights

  • A natural gateway to north-central Quebec, the only navigable fjord in North America;
  • The largest pport of call in Quebec - more that 45,000 passengers expected in 2017;
  • Deep-water port capable of accomodating vessels up to 100,000 dwt;
  • Generally little or no waiting time (demurrage) for vessels operating at the Grande-Anse terminal;
  • Accessible and open year round, winter and summer;
  • The Saguenay is the only accessible river for large ocean vessels from the St. Lawrence in Quebec - providing 100 km of inland acces to the northern areas of the province;
  • Direct links to North American rail and highway networks;
  • owner of a port industrial complex more that 1,000 hectares in area recongnized by the government of Québec;
  • Only CPA in Quebec whose main operations are located away from the urban centres.