Record tonnage in 2018 at the Port of Three Rivers

In 2018, the Port of Three Rivers handled 3.8 million metric tons of cargo. This represents an increase of 47 percent compared to 2017 and a new record that eclipses the 3.7 million metric tons of traffic realized in 2014.

While liquid bulk traffic remained stable at nearly 300,000 metric tons, solid bulk and general cargo traffic increased sharply from 2.2 to 3.1 million metric tons and from 73,000 to 346,000 metric tons, respectively. In total, 256 ships docked at the port, including 24 cruise ships.

“The port’s installations, modernized as part of On Course for 2020 development plan, delivered their full potential during 2018. For example, the general cargo terminal, inaugurated at the beginning of the year, was quickly put into operation and its use was significantly higher than we expected. This record year is also a result of the port’s partnerships and the workers who have worked tirelessly. I would like to thank them for their enduring contribution,” said Gaétan Boivin, the President and CEO of the Three Rivers Port Authority (TRPA).

Recognized as a driving force for economic development
In August 2018, the TRPA mandated Cible Recherche to conduct a survey of the Three Rivers population. More than 500 people responded to the survey by telephone or Internet. In addition to being recognized as a vital economic development driver for the Mauricie region, respondents indicated their appreciation for the port’s current growth and recognized that it offers good prospects for the future. Respondents also noted that they would like to see more cruise ships and that the port should continue developing its downtown properties for commercial, residential or recreational tourism development.

On Course for 2030
In addition to their continued investments in port infrastructure, the On Course for 2030 plan aims to fully deploy the potential of the urban character of the port. Based on the principles of sustainable development, On Course for 2030 will focus on the vision: “To be an innovative urban port, generating growth, at the heart of a competitive supply chain.”

“The Port of Three Rivers can rely on a solid foundation to achieve the On Course for 2030 plan and we are enthusiastically starting its implementation with the collaboration of our partners,” said Boivin.

Andrea Lee