Sept-Îles’ multi-user dock off to great start in 2018

The Port of Sept-Îles saw an increase of 4.7 percent in volume handled in 2018, representing 25,375,000 metric tons, compared to 24,231,000 metric tons in 2017. The startup of operations at the multi-user dock accounted for the entire increase, with over 5.5 million metric tons handled, which made up for the drop in shipping caused by the labor dispute at IOC Rio Tinto early in the year.

The year in review
The multi-user dock was used to load 31 ships in 2018. Its annual capacity of 50 million metric tons makes it a world-class facility. Other notable events from the year include:

  • The successful startup of the Bloom Lake iron mine, whose production exceeded projections.
  • Delivery by Railway and Port company of Pointe-Noire (SFPPN) of its conveyor to connect the new dock and the successful startup of its handling and storage operations.
  • Challenges surmounted with aplomb by multi-user dock operator Logistec, in charge of operations and maintenance and by the port’s multi-user dock team.

Another highlight was the arrival of Tacora Resources in November, which completed its financing to restart the Scully Mine and purchased part of New Millennium Iron’s contract with the port to become a new user of the multi-user dock. Tacora will significantly increase the port’s annual volumes, adding a projected 6 million metric tons per year, and will invest close to C$50 million in early 2019 to adapt the SFPPN facilities.

In December the City of Sept-Îles and the port released the results of the Environmental Observatory for the Bay of Sept-Îles’s five-year study, with the data and findings from phases I, II and III. The data and studies found the environment to be in good condition overall and will serve as a baseline for future protection and management of the Bay of Sept-Îles’ priceless ecosystem.

The 2018 cruise ship season clocked in as the second best the port has ever had, with five ships and 7,960 passengers and crew members. And who could forget the second visit of the Queen Mary 2 in September, along with a visit by Mylène Paquette to talk about her perilous Atlantic crossing.

“Without any doubt, the multi-user dock sparked a revival of iron ore activities in 2018,” said Port of Sept-Îles President and CEO Pierre D. Gagnon. “The dock is a world-class strategic infrastructure that’s already a powerful driver of the port’s growth and development.”

Andrea Lee