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Newest U.S. Navy warship makes historic stop in Windsor

2016 USS Detroit 

Click on the link above to read full article as published in The Windsor Star, October 14, 2016.

USS Detroit (2016)

Below, Windsor Port Authority Officials visit the USS Detroit.

Windsor Port Authority visits USS Detroit (2016)

 

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26th Annual Olde Sandwich Festival

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The 26th Annual Olde Sandwich Towne Festival

Anna Millerman

Saturday September 17th, 2016

Posted at 3:34pm

The Annual Olde Sandwich Towne Festival is celebrating their 26th year in 2016, with proud vendors and attendees showing their support in spite of the unfavorable weather Saturday afternoon.

The festival gives everyone a chance to experience Olde Sandwich Towne and enjoy some shopping from local vendors, meet other local organizations, and have a chance to enjoy the activities and displays such as the Sandwich Farmers Market and the Essex County Medieval Heritage display & demonstration.

The festivities will continue tomorrow and be part of Windsor’s Open Streets event.   Windsor Port Authority gives away many prizes, treat and goodies at the festival each year.

 

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Windsor Salt Mine Expansion

Windsor Salt Mine Expansion

Windsor Salt mine expansion ‘great news’ for port authority

CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2016 8:18 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016 8:18 AM ET

About 200 people work at the Windsor Salt mine.

The CEO of the Windsor Port Authority says it’s “great news” the Ojibway salt mine is expanding.

Windsor Salt will invest more than $60 million to expand to the next mining level, another 121 metres below ground.

The investment will help boost production and extend the life of the mine by nearly 50 years.

That means steady business at the Windsor Port Authority.

“It’s great news for the Port of Windsor and the port authority and obviously Windsor Salt. They’re one of our biggest operators here in the port; traditionally the largest single terminal in the port,” Windsor Port Authority CEO David Cree said.

Last year, from April 2 to July 31, 1.4 million metric tons of salt was shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, which includes the Port of Windsor.

Windsor Salt said the journey of one cargo vessel takes almost 1,000 truckloads off Ontario highways.

As part of the expansion, Windsor Salt is also converting its mining method and upgrading its equipment.

The company employs more than 200 people in Windsor.

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Windsor Port Authority reports a nice rebound in 2015

Windsor Port Authority CEO David Cree is photographed in his office at the Windsor Port Authority in Windsor in this 2012 file photo. Tyler Brownbridge / Windsor Star

A nearly 50 per cent increase in stone and construction aggregates — used largely to build the customs plaza for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge — helped the Windsor Port Authority record a 3.8 per cent increase in traffic in 2015.

Total tonnage for the year reached 5.6 million tonnes, a figure well above the port’s five- and 10-year averages, the port authority said.

PortauthorityreboundAlthough there were declines in several of its cargo categories, such as salt, petroleum, grain and general cargo, the big increases in stone and construction aggregates were remarkable, according to CEO David Cree.

The port authority suffered a slump in tonnage in 2014, after a record year in 2013. The results for 2015 were described as a nice rebound.

A recent news release noted that almost all the port authority’s net earnings are reinvested back into the community. In recent years it has helped make improvements in the Sandwich area, including development of the new HMCS Hunter naval reserve facility and improving fish habitat along the Detroit River shoreline.

“As our short- and long-term projections remain positive, this will allow the port authority to continue to make significant investments in Windsor’s future,” port authority chairman George Sandala said in the release.

 

-Brian Cross, Windsor Star

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Port Traffic Rebounds in 2015

After a slump in total tonnage handled in 2014 following the record year in 2013, Port Windsor rebounded nicely in 2015 with an increase in total traffic of 3.8%. Tonnage reached 5.M2 million tonnes, well above both the five and ten year averages for the port.

David Cree, President & CEO of the Windsor Port Authority stated “Although we did record weaknesses ¡n several of our cargo categories, stone and construction aggregates had a remarkable year, increasing by almost 50% over 2014 and accounting for the overall gain in traffic. This substantial increase in construction materials was generated by the start of construction of the new customs plaza which will serve the Gordie Howe International Bridge”.

As noted, several of the other major products handled within the port experienced declines in 2015, including salt, petroleum, grain and general cargo. Mr. Cree noted “while declines in any commodities are disappointing, we do not see any of these as establishing a trend; they merely represent the normal cycles we experience based on numerous factors, including local economic conditions and world markets”.

George Sandala, Chair of the Port Authority, summarized the year as follows: “We are particularly gratified by both the cargo and financial results which we were able to achieve in 2015. As we have noted in the past, almost all of our net earnings are re-invested in the community. In recent years, this has resulted in significant development and improvements in Sandwich Towne, including the new HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve Facility, the development of over 1500 linear feet of fish habitat along the Detroit River and the on-going construction of two waterfront parks. As our short and long term projections remain positive, this will allow the Port Authority to continue to make significant investments in Windsor’s future”.

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Contributions

The Port Authority also makes significant annual contributions to local charities and organizations (including six scholarships at the University of Windsor and St. Clair College) and has partnered with the City of Windsor on several municipal projects.

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Major Commodities

There are currently 14 major marine terminals actively operating within the port which handle between five and six million tonnes annually. The two major commodities handled have traditionally been salt and construction aggregates which account for approximately 70% of the port’s annual throughput. In addition, the port handles steel, fluorspar, petroleum products, grain, trucks on barges, cement, various heavy lifts and project cargo.

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Growth and Development

The Port Authority is also a strong catalyst for growth and development with over $60 million in new construction occurring on Port Authority lands within the past five years (HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve Facility, Sterling Fuels/Miller Paving, Lafarge Canada).

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Why Windsor?

Windsor is one of the largest ports in the country and generates significant economic activity. In a recently completed study, it was estimated that port activities produce over $130.5 million in economic activity, supports over 937 jobs in Ontario, generates $17.6 million in federal and provincial taxes with cargo and vessel movements, and annually moves over 5 million metric tonnes of cargo.

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Revenue

First and foremost, the Windsor Port Authority is required by the Canada Marine Act to be financially self-sufficient and to set port fees to ensure that it does so. We do not receive government funding to subsidize our operations and our decisions must therefore be based on sound business principles. Our revenues come from 4 main sources – port fees, land leases, marinas, and interest income.

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