MOU : Port de Belledune – Village de/of Eel River Dundee

The Village of Eel River Dundee and the Belledune Port Authority are proud to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow the two entities to develop the Restigouche Industrial Park located in the Village of Eel River Dundee.

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Port of Belledune CEO Appointed to UNB’s Fulcrum Advisory Board

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has assembled a group of industry leaders to provide insight to its Research & Innovation Partnerships group.

The Fulcrum initiative as described by the UNB Newsroom is an initiative that reorients research partnership activities to facilitate engagement outside of UNB. It represents a drive to increase UNB’s presence in the world and to meet its partners where they are, with the support they need, when and how they need it. This drive includes focusing effort and resources in areas where there is a strong opportunity or need, and where UNB can bring a wide range of expertise to bear.

The initial advisory board includes our President & CEO, Mr. Denis Caron where he will bring his experience of over 35 years working in all levels of government where he held a variety of senior positions in various departments including Environment and Local Government, Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries, and Economic Development. Denis is passionate about the region in northern New Brunswick and works relentlessly to support local and encourage regional initiatives.

Denis will be joined by 4 others on the initial advisory board including, Duncan Gallant, research and evaluation coordinator at JEDI, the Joint Economic Development Initiative; Alicia Roisman Ismach, head of Atlantic Fintech (powered by Venn Innovation); Beth Webster, vice-president, Populus Global Solutions; and Pat Whalen, chairman and CEO of LuminUltra Technologies.

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Port Tariffs – Notice of Fee Revision

Effective January 1st, 2022

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) wishes to advise of an increase in tariff charges at the Port of Belledune. Any activity (primarily of a vessel or cargo operation) within the area managed by the BPA is subject to BPA’s tariffs (fees).

In accordance with Section 49 and Section 51 of the Canada Marine Act, notice is hereby given that the Belledune Port Authority proposes to increase cargo-related fees, including harbor dues, berthage charges, and cargo wharfage.

The Port of Belledune includes the navigable waters and property managed, held, or occupied by the Authority, more specifically identified in the BPA’s Letters Patent pursuant to the Canada Marine Act.

Other charges/tariffs may apply to vessel or cargo operations throughout the port, including those for pilotage, tugs, stevedoring costs, marine agency costs and terminal operator costs. These fees are not part of the BPA tariffs but are from other unrelated organizations.

Documents containing more details about the proposal may be obtained from the Belledune Port Authority upon request. Those interested getting in touch may do so in writing, to the Belledune Port Authority at the address below:

 

Belledune Port Authority

112 Shannon Drive

Belledune, NB E8G 2W2

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Belledune Port Authority – New Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Hermel Vienneau,
Chairperson

The Belledune Port Authority is pleased to welcome new leadership at the Board of Directors.  Appointed in January of 2021, Hermel Vienneau was elected Chair by his fellow directors during a Board meeting this September.  Joining him at the helm is Iris Auclair Bernard, who was elected Vice-Chair.

Mr. Vienneau was appointed by the province of New Brunswick to serve on the Board for an initial term of three years.  With a career that began with the newspaper L’Acadie Nouvelle, Hermel moved into government and served as President of the Regional Development Corporation, Deputy Minister of Environment & Local Government, and Vice-President for the New Brunswick division of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Ms. Auclair-Bernard is currently serving her first term as a board member and represents the Major Terminals class of users of the Port.  As a civil engineer, Iris has been a great addition to the Board of Directors during this time of infrastructure expansion at the Port.  Currently, the Quality and Process Manager of Design Built Mechanical Inc., Iris lends her expertise to local projects and construction.

The Belledune Port Authority is the steward of the Port of Belledune and is accountable to the federal government through Transport Canada.  The Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance to the Port Authority acting with the interest of the Port at the forefront of decision-making.

We welcome Mr. Vienneau and Ms. Auclair-Bernard to their new roles and look forward to continued success and growth at the Port.

Belledune Port Authority and Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc Sign First of its Kind Protocol

Belledune, NB: The Belledune Port Authority and Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc announced today that together they have signed an Impact Assessment Act (IAA) Protocol that marks an important milestone in moving forward together with First Nations. The IAA Protocol is the first of its kind in Canada and is a sister document to the Relationship, Engagement & Consultation Protocol, a previously signed historic agreement that is also the first of its kind in the country.

When we came together and reviewed the new legislation, we understood a proactive piece was missing. The BPA’s relationship with the first caretakers of the land is so important and ensuring we have meaningful conversations is a requirement from our perspective – it’s a matter of respect. shared Denis Caron, President & CEO of the Belledune Port Authority.

The Owners of the IAA Protocol have co-created a process to address provisions in the new Impact Assessment Act, S.C. 2019, c. 28 s. 1 which first came into force in 2019. This new act changes many of the “determination” provisions that were included in the now repealed Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, SC 2012, c 19, s 52.

One section of importance is what happens to projects on federal lands.

The Belledune Port Authority and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc mutually agreed that the language contained in section 82 was paternalistic and did not recognize the engagement and input of First Nations, so together in partnership with the Port, the signatories wrote the IAA Protocol. The creation of the IAA Protocol ensures the Belledune Port Authority works with First Nations to make a determination of the impacts of the projects on federal lands.

“The determination of any impact can only be properly understood if those who may be impacted are part of the assessment of the impact,” explained Caron. “Our intention with the IAA Protocol is to add to the understanding of rights, responsibilities, and respect required to fulfill obligations under sections 82 and 84.”

Included in the intention of the IAA Protocol, is a commitment to the Mi’qmag Rights Impact Assessment Framework, which expands upon the obligations and processes required to fulfill sections 82 and 84 of the IAA. Together, the Belledune Port Authority, Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc have worked to ensure these two documents are companions in how the impact of projects on federal lands are assessed.

The Belledune Port Authority, Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc have established a meaningful and practical engagement and consultation process through which all parties will be inclusive of the perspectives, views, and positions of each other while maintaining, fostering and strengthening working relationships with project proponents. The Owners look forward to continuing to be open, transparent and respectful about development at the Port of Belledune.
To learn more about the IAA Protocol, visit https://portbelledune.ca/community/relationship/

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For media inquiries, please contact Denis Caron by email at caron@portofbelledune.ca or by phone at (506)522-1203

Celebrating our Workforce and marking the 6th Annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day!

The Port of Belledune is a proud member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – and was excited to celebrate the Western Hemisphere Port Days on April 5th, 2021 in partnership with the Association. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Workforce”. The theme was chosen to honor the skills, professionalism, and commitment of the port industry workforce, which include thousands of people who ensure that cargo and passengers move efficiently through the ports everyday. While being an essential service all throughout the global pandemic, workers continued to make sure vital goods were delivered to grocery stores, businesses, and medical care facilities.

The theme of celebrating a workforce runs deep for the Belledune Port Authority (BPA). Driving the economy and working to increase employment opportunities in the region is always top of mind for the BPA. To make sure the Port’s own workforce stays informed, educated, and motivated, emphasis is placed on training and development, and moving forward in one’s respective role is highly encouraged. There is an understanding that to best serve the region, as well as the marine shipping business, the Port’s workforce must remain highly competitive. Projects at the Port can have a direct impact on the number of jobs available for certain industries around the area. When the Port is thriving, as can the surrounding communities.

Port Days is also a great opportunity to celebrate the role that seaports play in the worldwide economy. In 2018 alone, Canada’s seaports handled a total of 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion! As a port that specializes primarily in dry, liquid, and breakbulk commodities, the Port of Belledune is essential for bringing in or exporting out raw or value-added product that impacts everyday life, whether it be wood pellets for heating purposes or gypsum that goes into drywall to build houses. Specializing in these products that continue to be vital for everyday life has resulted in the Port having a “buffer” to potential adverse effects. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, in the COVID-19 & Maritime Transport Report from 2020, in North America during the global pandemic, the number of ships calls by bulk carriers remained stable. This is because these products play such a significant role in daily life.

The Port of Belledune will always be an essential part of Canada’s supply chain, regardless of external crises such as the current pandemic. A commitment to growth and development is well-established within the organization, and the ability to remain and grow as an economic driver and offer more opportunities for the surrounding communities will always be a priority for each Port employee as they continue working hard in their roles everyday. In this way, they will play a significant role in the recovery of the region post-pandemic.

6th Annual ‘Western Hemisphere Ports Day’ Slated for April 5

2021 event celebrates the workforce of Western Hemisphere seaports

(Belledune, NB – April 5, 2021) – The Belledune Port Authority in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – and its entire hemispheric membership will commemorate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5 again this year. The annual event recognizes the port industry’s role in efficient goods movement, job creation and propelling the economy in nations they serve across the Americas.

This year’s Ports Day theme, Celebrating Our Workforce, honors the skill, professionalism, and commitment of the port industry workforce – thousands of people who ensure that cargo and passengers move efficiently through our ports every day.

During these uncertain times, the maritime industry and its workforce has sustained the movement of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods to our communities.

Throughout the global pandemic Ports all over the Western Hemisphere, never stopped operating.  “Port workers are essential workers, and throughout the pandemic they have shown dedication to, ensuring the delivery of vital goods to grocery stores, businesses, and medical care facilities at major personal risk.”

Port Workers are:

  • Front Line Heroes
  • Developing Future Leaders
  • Powering Our Recovery
  • Committed to Infrastructure Modernization

According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as IHS World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion.

Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.

For more information about Western Hemisphere Ports Day, click here.

 

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.

According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion.  Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.

To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit www.aapa-ports.org. On Twitter: http://twitter.com/AAPA_Seaports

Investing in tomorrow’s workforce: The BPA Announces Scholarship winners

The regions and communities surrounding the Port of Belledune are filled with young, eager, and talented individuals who will be moving into the workforce in the near future. Being an advocate for long term prosperity in the region, the Belledune Port Authority (BPA) continues to directly invest in the educational objectives of youth from the region.

As the first month of the second academic semester wraps up for students attending New Brunswick’s Community College (NBCC) and the College Communitaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB), the BPA will have completed the second full year of their Bursary Program with the local institutions. Earlier this year, the second half of bursary payments were sent to the colleges to provide financial aid to those who were selected as winners last summer.

The winners for the 2020 – 2021 academic year included Mr. Ryan Allard (enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at CCNB), Mr. Andrew Bujold (enrolled in the Residential Electrical program at CCNB), and Mr. Gaetan Drapeau (enrolled in the Civil Engineering Technology at CCNB). Each winner received a bursary of $2,500, half being processed in September and half in January, to provide financial aid for both semesters.

With the BPA’s Bursary Program entering it’s third year since being established, those interested in learning more about the program or applying to potentially receive the bursary can do so by visiting the portofbelledune.ca website, under the Anchored in Our Community section. The application forms will be available on this page beginning on March 1st, 2021, and all applications must be received by the BPA by June 15th, 2021 to be considered for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

The BPA wishes all the students a continued safe and successful school year! Thank you for taking the steps to enhance your future as  well as the regions future.