Belledune Port Authority (BPA) Applies to Join Southern NB Gateway Council

Rayburn Doucett, President & of the Belledune Port Authority (BPA) announced that the BPA has applied to join the Southern New Brunswick Gateway Council.

“Our application to join the Southern New Brunswick Gateway Council signifies the importance for all of New Brunswick and all of Atlantic Canada to work together under the Atlantic Gateway initiative set by the Federal Government following the MOU signed by the four Atlantic Provinces in October 2007.

We anticipate the Belledune Port Authority will work in cooperation with the Southern New Brunswick Gateway Council to advance the role of New Brunswick in developing the Atlantic Gateway and support the creation of an ‘Atlantic Canadian Gateway Council’ with members from each of the four provinces.

Atlantic Gateway and Building Canada funds are both excellent Federal Government initiatives to promote the international movement of cargo through Atlantic Canada by all modes of transportation. We are confident that the Port of Belledune will play an integral role connecting New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada to the rest of North America by sea, rail and road.”

The BPA continues to develop as an anchor of the economy in northern New Brunswick. The Port offers year round cargo handling capacity. Offering over 200 acres of land and direct access to rail and roads from the terminals the Port of Belledune play’s a significant role in the Atlantic Gateway as a deep sea connection to North America’s vast interior market.

 

100th Ship of 2008 at the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) officially greeted the M.V. “Free Knight”, the 100th ship to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune in 2008.

The M.V “Free Knight” is registered in the Bahamas and her last port of call was Puerto Cabello (Port of Cabello) in Venezuela. The vessel’s agent is Calypso Marine Agency represented by Mr. Robert Legacé. The M.V “Free Knight” docked at the Port of Belledune the morning of November 22nd, 2008 where the Vessel is currently loading Zinc Concentrate.  The next stop for the M.V “Free Knight” will be at a Port in Korea.

Ms. Jenna Doucet, Director of Marketing of the BPA acknowledged “the Belledune Port Authority staff and Board of Directors have been working continuously to ensure growth at the Port of Belledune. In 2008 the Port shipped the first load of wood pellets from the new Shaw Group Inc. Wood Pellet Facility in Belledune to Rotterdam, Netherlands; the first load of aggregates from local resources to Florida, USA; and a significant number of vessels carrying project cargo such as mobile homes destined for northern Canada.” She also stated that “2008 has been an exceptional year so far! In 2007 there were a total of 84 ships that docked in Belledune; consequently welcoming the 100th ship at the Port of Belledune in November of 2008 is a significant milestone affirming growth and diversification at our port.”

Without these excellent customers, growth at the Port of Belledune would be stagnant; the BPA wishes to acknowledge their customers for their partnership and cooperation.

Along with the M.V “Free Knight”, the M.V “Jo Aspen”, the M.V “CSL Argosy”, the M.V “Atlantic Erie”, the M.V “Golten”, and the M.V “Atlantic Huron” are scheduled to anchor at the Port of Belledune before November 30, 2008.

 

Belledune Port Authority Releases Financial Results

Harry H. Williamson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belledune Port Authority (BPA), March 2006 to April 2008, released the 2007 Financial Results and Annual Report today at the BPA’s eighth Annual General Public Meeting at the Belledune Recreation and Cultural Centre.

“2007 was another successful year for the Port of Belledune. Each of the past three years has been record setting financially and this year’s net profit rose by 60% due to increased traffic at the port and the extended lease of the Tank Farm as announced at the 2007 Annual Meeting.

The major accomplishment of 2007 was the development of two new business opportunities at the port and the construction of two new bulk handling facilities The Shaw Group Inc. has set up a wood pellet facility in Belledune and is shipping wood pellets to Europe. With the reopening of Blue Note Caribou Mines concentrate will be shipped through the port. Both new clients will be storing their products at the site. These customers will provide two new revenue streams for the port in 2008 and beyond.”

The BPA President & CEO, Rayburn Doucett stated that: “The Belledune Port Authority has continued to pursue new business opportunities and these projects; these projects resulted in the construction of two warehouses. The Province of New Brunswick contributed $2.4 million to this construction project proving their dedication to supporting the port of Belledune and development in the region.

In 2007 the port also unveiled a 5 year business plan. The plan ensures continued growth, increased traffic and a diversified cargo mix.”

Our net income reached an all-time high of $1,931,082 compared to $1,203,488 for 2006.  This increase in net income reflects the efforts of the Board of Directors, management and staff to control costs.

 

Shaw Pellet Plant Grand Opening

Regional Development Corporation
Province contributes to $9-million plant in Belledune (08/06/05)
NB 846

June 5, 2008

BELLEDUNE (CNB) – The grand opening of a new $9-million pellet plant was celebrated today in Belledune by the Shaw Group.

Premier Shawn Graham, Minister of Environment Roland Haché, Shaw Group CEO Bert Frizzell, and other dignitaries were in attendance.

“Today’s celebration is a fine example of businesses willing to invest and set up in New Brunswick, and in northern New Brunswick helping to move our province toward self-sufficiency,” Graham said.

The Shaw Resources pellet plant employs 15 people, and has a capacity to produce 75,000 tonnes of pellets annually. The pellets are destined for the European market through the Port of Belledune.

Under the $30-million Restigouche-Chaleur Economic Development Fund, the Province of New Brunswick invested $1.4 million toward construction of a 4,095-sq.-metre (45,500-sq.-ft.) multi-purpose, weather-sensitive warehouse to accommodate the storage and export of wood pellets at the Port of Belledune.

“It is particularly rewarding when one of our company’s new operations helps contribute to a sustainable future for a rural community,” said Frizzell. “The Shaw project team appreciates the support and encouragement it has received from the provincial and municipal governments on the various regulatory and administrative aspects of establishing the new plant.”

The Shaw Group is one of Eastern Canada’s leading diversified companies. Its primary businesses are in natural-resource-based manufacturing and community development through a number of divisions, subsidiaries and joint ventures, including Shaw Brick, Shaw Pipe, Shaw Resources, Clayton Developments, Prestige Homes, Shaw & Shaw, and Ven-Rez Products Ltd. The company has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 best-managed private companies for the past seven years.

08/06/05

MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606

First Ship of 2008 at the Port of Belledune

The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) officially greeted Captain Winfried E. Breuer Master of the M.V. “Medemborg”, the first ship to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune in 2008.

The “Medemborg” is registered in the Netherlands and her loading port was Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The vessel’s agent is Calypso Marine Agency represented by Mr. Raymond Corbin who attended the ceremony. The M. V. “Medemborg” docked at the Port of Belledune the afternoon of January 3rd, 2008 where the Vessel is currently loading approximately 8000 MT of Zinc Concentrate.  The next stop for the M.V. “Medemborg” will be at the Port of Kokkola, Finland.

Mr. Rayburn Doucett, President & CEO of the BPA, presented Captain Breuer with a commemorative gift at a ceremony held at the Belledune Port Authority’s Administrative offices.

Mr. Doucett also took the opportunity to welcome the Captain to the Port of Belledune as well as thank the staff and Board of Directors for their continuous support during the last three years. He also stated that “2007 should prove to be another exceptional year even after two record breaking years with two new warehouses under construction and other exciting business developments on the horizon for 2008”. We are expecting a substantial surplus again this year mainly due to efficient management and Board direction.

Many dignitaries were present including the Honourable Charles Hubbard, Member of Parliament  who welcomed the Captain and his crew to the community. Representatives from Xstrata Zinc and other terminal operators also attended the ceremony.

 

First Ship of 2007 at the Port of Belledune

BELLEDUNE, NB – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) officially greeted Captain Slavco Koncul Master of the M.V. “Jadran”, the first ship to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune in 2007.

The “Jadran” is registered in Dubrovnik, Croatia and her loading port was Port of Bolivar, Colombia. The vessel is under the ownership of Atlantska Plovidba. The M. V. “Jadran” docked at the Port of Belledune the morning of January 8th, 2007 where the Vessel is currently unloading approximately 64 133 MT of Steam Coal for the NB Power Generating Station.

“The Jadran is the first of four vessels scheduled to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune this week alone”, stated Mr. Williamson, “I hope that this is a good indication of the traffic we should expect for 2007.”

Mr. Rayburn Doucett, President & CEO of the BPA, presented Captain Koncul with a commemorative gift at a ceremony held at the Belledune Port Authority’s Administrative offices.

He also took the opportunity to welcome the Captain to the Port of Belledune as well as thank the staff and Board of Directors for their continuous support during the last two years. He also stated that “2005 presented a record surplus and informed the people present at the ceremony that 2006 should also prove to be another exceptional year”. Despite the fact that the tonnage handled in 2006 is lower versus 2005, we are expecting a substantial surplus again this year mainly due to efficient management and Board direction.

Many dignitaries were present including the Mayor of the Village of Belledune, Mr. Nick Duivenvoorden who welcomed the Captain and his crew to the community. Representatives from NB Power and other terminal operators also attended the ceremony.

Contact:
Rayburn Doucett
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority
(506) 522-1200