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Port of Saguenay: Playing to Natural Strengths
The Port of Saguenay in Quebec did not have to build its own
niche, but was able to capitalize on strengths forged by Mother
Nature centuries ago. The port is situated near vast natural
resources, including mining and forestry. Consequently, it has
honed its niches in those markets.
"We're not in a very large population center here," said Carl
Laberge, the port's general manager and CEO. "We're not
handling cargo-like containers. We are taking advantage of the
opportunities in the region."
Those opportunities extend well beyond just the mining
operations nearby, but in the location of the port itself. It is
about 54 nautical miles from the confluence of the St. Lawrence
and Saguenay rivers. "If you look at the St. Lawrence, all the
deep-sea ports are on the St. Lawrence. We are not. But we
are closest to the north and this is the only port where you can
bring large ships almost into the middle of the project. It's an
advantage for developing a mining project. If you find a mine,
you will be able to get the material out."
That is a distinct advantage over larger population centers,
where complexity makes material shipping more expensive,
Laberge said.
In 2015, the port added a 7.5-mile (12.5 km) rail spur to better
connect with the North American rail system. It has allowed
the port to be used for oversized cargo, including transporting
large sections of forced pipes bound for Havre-Saint-Pierre and
a hydro-electric plant.
"This is the first for us, using the rail for oversized cargo,"
Laberge said. "Before we had the rail, it was all trucked out. As
time has passed, more limitations were put in place because the
transportation department didn't like having those oversized
trucks on the road. They prefer rail. It's good for us and good
for the customer."
Laberge sees opportunities to continue to grow in oversized shipments.
"Most downtowns have developed around a port. Here, the
federal government decided to relocate the port 30 years ago
to take advantage of the Saguenay River and the large ships
because it is 250 meters (about 800 feet) deep," Laberge said.
The port owns most of the area land, providing for future
industrial activity, Laberge said. Those activities will again take
advantage of the region's mining interests. BlackRock Metals
is in the midst of building a processing plant for vanadiumtitanium-magnetite (VTM) to be shipped to Europe and the
United States. The port also is in the development phases of
a natural gas liquefaction, storage and transshipment facility.

"We're not handling cargo-like
containers. We are taking advantage
of the opportunities in the region."
-Carl Laberge, Port of Saguenay

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President's Desk
Seizing LNG Supply Chain Opportunities
Find Your Niche
The Power of One, Collaboration by Many
Bringing the Outside In
Accelearating the Future
Power Shift: In the Energy Sector, Change Is the Only Constant
Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation
Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success
Index of Advertisers
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