Port de Saguenay reached a new historic peak with its maritime operations in 2019 with more than 645,200 tonnes of goods that were transhipped, an increase of more than 276,000 tonnes (+ 57%) with 2018. This is what emerges in particular from the annual report of the Saguenay Port Authority (SPA) which held its general meeting virtually today.
This strong increase can be explained in particular by the large volume of de-icing salt received, intended for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions, Greater Quebec city, and the Great Lakes. Despite the significant increase in tonnage, the number of ships berthing at the Grande-Anse facilities increased only slightly, for a total of 67 ships, seven more than the previous year. 58 cruise ships also visited Saguenay, confirming Saguenay's status as the most important port of call in Quebec.
This significant growth is the fruit of rigorous and concerted planning since the relocation of activities from the Port of Chicoutimi to Grande-Anse in 1985. The creation of the industrial-port zone, adjacent to the Port, made it possible to realize this vision of offering vast capacity and development potential to industrial projects.
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