Recent Posts by Windsor Port Authority
February 6, 2018
Port Traffic Rebounds in 2017
After unexpected declines in the 2016 season, the port rebounded nicely in 2017 with total cargo handled at all the port’s facilities increasing by almost 7%. The most significant gain was realized at the K+S Windsor Salt Company with shipments increasing by 20% to almost 2.2 million tonnes. Also having a very positive season was the ADM Agri-Industries which experienced an increase of just over 6% in total grain products moved through the facility.
David Cree, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority, stated, “All in all 2017 was a very positive season. Our two major commodities have traditionally been salt and construction aggregates, and that continued this past year. As noted, salt shipments were up significantly while construction aggregates recorded a minor decline to just over 1.6 million tonnes”.
Of the other cargoes handled within the port, petroleum products which are handled through the Sterling Fuels facility dropped by 4.2% to 256,924 tonnes and general cargo which is handled at Morterm Terminal and consists primarily of imported steel declined by just over 7%.
Other important milestones during 2017 included near completion of the green space and fishing pier at the end of Mill Street and the beginning of public consultations for the development of the green space on Sandwich Street which is adjacent to the Port Authority offices.
In conclusion, Mr. Cree stated “We were very pleased with the final results for 2017 and with the scheduled start of construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge slated for later this year, we are projecting moderate growth in 2018 and continued growth for four to five years thereafter”.
For further information and inquiries, please contact
David Cree, President & CEO
Cargo business at Windsor’s ports is already up substantially this year with a few weeks to go, according to figures released on Thursday.
Volumes at the port to the end of November are up 10 per cent.
The biggest movers this year have been salt, general cargo and Ontario grain, but the port has seen increases in all types of cargo, said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.
“Everything’s up and that’s a reflection of the buoyant Windsor economy,” he said.
“Many of the materials moving through the port are destined for local construction and manufacturing.”
For a second straight year, grain is up “significantly” with huge volumes of canola, soybeans and other grains coming into the ADM terminal to be processed for domestic food, plus export overseas, Cree said.
“We’re also expecting a fair amount of stone to come in December for some additional work scheduled on the truck plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge,” he said.
Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 with a total cargo tonnage from March 20 to Nov. 30 reaching 33.6 million metric tons — up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.
Please click here for complete Windsor Star article.
Windsor Port Authority was recently honoured at the Awards Luncheon of the Annual Conference of the Association of American Port Authorities (AAPA) held in Long Beach, California. AAPA is an alliance representing more than 130 Port Authorities in Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. The Award of Merit was granted to Windsor Port Authority within the Communications Category for its community initiative “Windsor Port Authority Outreach Campaign with Olde Sandwich Towne”. Accepting the award on behalf of the Windsor Port Authority was George Sandala, Chair of the Board of Directors, who noted “this is a significant achievement for Windsor, considering we were judged alongside major ports such as New York, Vancouver and Long Beach. This award reflects the outstanding work by the Windsor Port Authority staff, who have consistently demonstrated the commitment to various initiatives for community enhancement within Olde Sandwich Towne. It’s nice to see their hard work and dedication so suitably rewarded.”
The Windsor Port Authority Outreach Campaign with Olde Sandwich Towne consisted of a broad-based consultation program to determine the needs and objectives of various community organizations and the public in general within the Sandwich Towne Community. The goal of these discussions was to identify very specific environmental, community and sponsorship activities which would be appropriate for the Windsor Port Authority given its mandate and financial resources. The activities undertaken to date include the following: creating over 1200 linear feet of new fish habitat in conjunction with 2 of its major tenants (Sterling Fuels Limited and LafargeHolcim); developing a derelict Port Authority dock into public space, including green space and fishing pier and significant fish habitat (Queen’s Dock); purchasing a large vacant lot adjacent to the Port Authority’s offices on Sandwich Street to be developed as an “outdoor museum” with green space, walking paths and story boards detailing the history of Olde Sandwich Towne and the Port; making strategic donations to the community including: Brock/Tecumseh Statue, Hiram Walker Statue, Sandwich Towne Festival, Santa Claus Parade, St. John’s Church Foodbank and the Sandwich Teen Action Group and working with local youth groups on numerous clean-up projects on vacant properties.
Media Contact :
David Cree, President & CEO
Bad winters usually translate into good business for the Port of Windsor, and a big spike in 2017 sales of its No. 1 export — salt — is helping make this year one of its best ever.
“We’re having a terrific year so far — shipping is up about 20 per cent till the end of September,” said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.
Windsorites enjoyed a relatively mild 2016-17 winter, but many of the other K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. clients endured a harsher-than-usual season, resulting in higher-than-normal road salt demand. Cree said Port of Windsor salt exports as of Sept. 30 were up more than 30 per cent over the same period in 2016.
Gravel and other construction aggregates, the local port’s No. 2 shipped product, was up more than eight per cent; grain, in third spot, was up 28 per cent and “general cargo” — primarily steel — shot up 27 per cent, indicating a healthy economy with lots of construction.
This year’s shipping volumes will probably not match those of the 2015 record year, but Cree said the last five years have been “very good” and 2017 so far is ahead of projections.
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments as a whole are up 14 per cent over 2016 volumes as of the end of September, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported Tuesday. The total of 24.3 million metric tons in cargo shipped from March 20 to Sept. 30 represents a three million tonne jump from the same period in 2016.
Tuesday was Marine Day on the Hill, when the Chamber of Marine Commerce and shipping executives and their customers meet with Canadian federal government representatives. Despite the high cargo volumes carried by ships in the Great Lakes, Cree said there is still “lots of room to grow … without any additional infrastructure requirements.”
The Port of Windsor’s 13 terminals are, on average, under 60 per cent capacity, he said.
With “tremendous potential to grow,” Chamber of Marine Commerce president Bruce Burrows told officials that government needed to recognize “marine shipping’s significant environmental and economic benefits in its approach to transportation planning and policy-making.”
From the beginning of the 2017 shipping season to the end of September, about 70 freighters picked up 1.5 million tonnes of salt in Windsor, said Cree. During that period, 494 cargo ships stopped in the Port of Windsor (compared to 466 in 2016), loading or unloading about 3.8 million tonnes of cargo.
Weather, market demand and maintenance schedules usually mean Windsor sees its last freighter stops of the year by about mid-December, said Cree.
Click here for complete Windsor Star article.
Windsor Port Authority, along with The Mission to Seafarers and Courtesy Bicycles sponsored 3 bicycles and 2 Visa Gift Cards that were given away during Open Streets Windsor 2017. Please click on the link below for full details.
Congratulations to our winners!
The campaign to immortalize whiskey baron and community builder Hiram Walker with a larger-than-life $400,000 sculpture received a $70,000 boost Friday.
Five organizations presented cheques to help fund the bronze artwork, which is expected to be unveiled next spring at a city-owned location at Riverside Drive and and Devonshire Road, directly across from the distillery — still the largest distillery in North America — which Walker created in 1858.
The Windsor-Essex Community Foundation and the Windsor Port Authority each gave $25,000. Walkerville Brewery gave $10,000. And the liquor companies associated with the Hiram Walker business (Pernod Rickard) and Walker’s famous Canadian Club brand (Beam Suntory) each gave $5,000.
Click here to read full article as posted in Windsor Star.
Windsor’s ports are booming this year with total cargo volume up almost 20 per cent as of the end of July compared to the same time frame for 2016.
The most prominent increase are shipments of grain which is up 36 per cent this year, while salt volumes are up 32 per cent, according to figures released Wednesday by the Windsor Port Authority.
“We are obviously very pleased with these strong early results for the season,” said David Cree, CEO for the port authority. “We had anticipated a slight recovery after a downturn in 2016, but these numbers have exceeded our projections.”
Other strong growth numbers include general cargo, which primarily consists of imported steel, and is up over 25 per cent.
Given how grain and general cargo are largely shipped on foreign vessels, Cree also noted that has made for a large increase in overall traffic so far this year throughout the entire St. Lawrence Seaway system.
Click here for complete Windsor Star article.