Belledune Port Authority invites feedback on long-term green transition plan

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is seeking input from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities on a new development plan focused on environmental and economic sustainability.

“We are rising to the challenge of climate change with a sustainable growth plan that protects our future,” said CEO Denis Caron. “We have a proud history of bringing industry and prosperity to Northern New Brunswick. Despite changes to our local economy, our port remains strong and adaptable. This new development plan is a blueprint for the next 30 years, grounded in regional economic development, technological innovation, and environmental responsibility.”

The Master Development Plan envisions expanding BPA’s marine capacity as a bulk and liquid cargo port while seeking out new, land-based clean technology and renewable energy projects with potential to drive a green economic transition in Northern New Brunswick.

The plan is supported by several studies completed in 2021, including marine and real estate market analysis, regional economic development and port performance studies, a labour assessment and facility inventory.

In the coming weeks, the BPA will host engagement sessions to seek feedback from a wide group of clients, tenants and service providers, community, business and environmental leaders and Indigenous rights holders. The Port has also launched an online survey for members of the public to share their views. The survey will be open until June 10, 2022. Click here to visit the MDP page and link to the survey.

“We’re looking forward to hearing everyone’s perspectives and ideas and learning more about what our community values in the port as we move forward,” said Caron. “Stakeholders and First Nations communities are an important part of this plan, and critical to our success in achieving this vision. We want to ensure we make space to hear what they have to say so we can reflect their values as we move forward.”

The MDP will be finalized in the summer of 2022.

Virtual Information Session – Future Business Opportunities at the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority invites all interested contractors, suppliers and service providers to an information session which will outline upcoming business opportunities associated with future capital works at the Port of Belledune.

The virtual information session will be held on January 21, 2022 at 2:00PM AST.

If you would like to attend, simply register by emailing:

tenders@portofbelledune.ca

Registration is free and will be open to the public until January 19, 2022 at 4:00PM AST.

Details for attending the information session will be emailed to all registered participants within 1 day of the session.

We hope you can join us for this information session!

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Contact us:

Belledune Port Authority 112 Shannon Drive Belledune (N.B.) Tél.: 506-522-1200

First Ship of the Year 2022

The First Ship of 2022 has laid anchor at the Port of Belledune

Belledune, New Brunswick, January 5, 2022The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) welcomed Captain Shuaib Jafar Lambe, Master of the M.V. “Federal Shimanto”, and the entire 22 person crew as the First Ship of 2022 as they laid anchor at the Port of Belledune on January 2nd. Calling on multi-cargo Terminal 3, the M.V. “Federal Shimanto” is set to take approximately 25,000 MT of wood pellets on board – a commodity that is part of a sector that has grown exponentially over the past few years at the Port of Belledune.

The M.V. “Federal Shimanto” sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands and was built in 2001. It is a bulk carrier operated by Fednav Ltd. 

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the usual in-person “First Ship of the Year” ceremony was unable to take place. A commemorative gift in the form of an award will be mailed to the ship’s agent, Calypso Marine Agency, in lieu of the presentation ceremony with the Captain and crew.

“Although we cannot all be together to mark the arrival of the first ship this year, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the M.V. “Federal Shimanto” and its crew for their dedication and commitment to keeping goods flowing”, said Mr. Denis Caron, President & CEO at the BPA. “As we turn the corner into 2022, the BPA’s Master Development Plan is also entering its next phase, Expansion Options. This phase will incorporate public feedback and information from the series of studies that we worked on in 2021 to create a variety of scenarios evaluating the Port’s future expansion opportunities and focus its vision as a leader in green initiatives in northern New Brunswick for the next 30 years. I know that our team at the Port is more than ready for the hard work ahead and we are looking forward to engaging with our partners, stakeholders and the community through 2022!”

 

For more information, contact:

Denis Caron

President & CEO, Belledune Port Authority

506.522.1203

caron@portofbelledune.ca

 

Belledune Port Authority Launches Virtual Open House and Announces Planning Process to Renew Its Vision for the Port Over the Coming Decades

Belledune, New Brunswick, December 1, 2021 – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) announced today that it is mapping a long-term vision for the future of the Port of Belledune with the launch of a Master Development Plan. The plan will assess the future use of the Port’s facilities, the size and inter-connectivity of the region, employment, and opportunities for local businesses to provide a strong and stable economic future for New Brunswick with environmental sustainability and competitiveness at the forefront.

During the summer of 2021, the BPA completed several studies during its Studies and Development phase. Among the studies completed include a maritime market analysis, commercial real estate analysis, regional economic opportunity analysis, Port performance analysis, labour assessment, and facility inventory.

The Master Development Plan is now embarking on its next phase, Expansion Options. This phase will incorporate public feedback and information from the studies to create a variety of scenarios evaluating the Port’s future expansion opportunities and focus its vision as a leader in green initiatives in northern New Brunswick for the next 30 years. The planning process to date is placing Belledune at the centre of much attention from clean technology experts and environmental innovators as we collectively play a role in the federal strategy to reduce greenhouse emissions.

“The master development plan (MDP) is an analysis of where we are compared to where we want to be – a vision document,” said Sylvain Raymond, VP Finance & Business Development at the Belledune Port Authority and Project Lead for the MDP. “The report won’t be prescriptive, recommending specific industries or technologies, rather it will provide general direction that will guide those decisions in the future.”

As a means to gather feedback and engage with the community, the BPA has also unveiled a Virtual Open House. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the BPA continues to take the health and safety of the public and its employees very seriously. In-person engagement sessions are not possible at this time, so they have created the next best thing – a unique online experience tailor-made to provide the public a place to explore, ask questions and provide feedback on the Master Development Plan and future of the Port of Belledune.

BPA stakeholders and First Nation communities are valued members of the Port community and their input on what the next 30 years will look like as the Port moves forward with the Master Development Plan is important. Once all feedback has been gathered and expansion opportunities evaluated, the BPA will deliver a report with specific recommendations for the next phase of growth by mid-2022.

To explore the Virtual Open House or to learn more about the Master Development Plan, visit https://portbelledune.ca/VirtualRoom/index.htm for more information and to complete the survey to provide feedback on the MDP.

 

Denis Caron

President & CEO

Belledune Port Authority

506.522.1203

caron@portofbelledune.ca

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.