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Media Release – Partnership with Lafarge Canada Inc

The Windsor Port Authority is pleased to announce its participation in a community tree planting event taking place on October 30, 2018.  The Windsor Port Authority remains committed to partnering in projects within the Sandwich Town community that strive to promote the further beautification of Sandwich Town and in particular those that provide an enhanced environmental sustainability.

A total of 53 trees will be planted along Russell Street in an effort to reintroduce native tree species and will also provide additional habitat areas for birds and animals within the Sandwich Town community.  During the community planting, a total of 26 trees will be planted by the youth and staff of New Beginnings and also the youth from the Islamic Academy School.

This project is made possible through a partnership of the Windsor Port Authority and Lafarge Canada Inc and in consultation with Essex Regional Conservation Authority.

Last year, the Windsor Port Authority contributed to more than a dozen community projects ranging from the Chief Tecumseh/Brock and Hiram Walker sculptures, the recent Open Streets festival in Sandwich, scholarships at both University of Windsor and St Clair College, the Arts Council of Windsor and Region, neighbourhood clean-ups, St John’s Sandwich Food Bank, STAG, Windsor Symphony, and the Mission to Seafarers.

The Windsor Port Authority is one of 18 national ports identified for their strategic contribution to the economy of Canada.  The third largest port in Ontario, Port Windsor moved more than 5 million tonnes of product through its terminals in 2017.  That creates more than 800 direct jobs on our docks, and $260 million in economic impact locally.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Salmons, President and CEO

519-258-5741, x212

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Windsor Port Authority partners with Sandwich Teen Action Group to Create Outdoor Marine Museum

Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO announces creation of Outdoor Marine Museum to be located in Historic Sandwich Towne.

September 28, 2018
The history of Port Windsor, and its local economic and social impacts, will be profiled in
a unique community space next to Windsor Port Authority in Historic Sandwich Towne.
The Outdoor Marine Museum will create a new public space for community events,
socialization, relaxation, and fun to learn Port history and facts.

A seven-foot-tall anchor from a decommissioned ‘Laker’ will define the entrance off
Sandwich Street into an outdoor plaza for small community gatherings and performances,
and annual Christmas Tree display. Visitors will then follow a tree-lined pathway through
many indigenous and marine artifacts that tell the history and economic story of Windsor
through its port. More than a dozen display panels will trace port development from the
traditíonal lands of the first nations, to the arrival of European settlers, to the major port
of national strategic interest that is Windsor today.

This project is partially made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,
through a partnership with the Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG).

Last year, Port Windsor contributed to more than a dozen community projects ranging
from the Chief Tecumseh/Brock and Hiram Walker sculptures, the recent Open Streets
festival in Sandwich, scholarships at both University of Windsor and St Clair College, the
Arts Council of Windsor and Region, neighbourhood clean-ups, St John’s Sandwich Food
Bank, STAG, Windsor Symphony, and the Mission to Seafarers.

The Windsor Port Authority is one of 18 national ports identified for their strategic
contribution to the economy of Canada, The third largest port in Ontario, Port Windsor
moved more than 5 million tonnes of product through its terminals in 2017.  That creates
more than 800 direct jobs on our docks, and $260 million in economic impact locally.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Salmons, President and CEO
519-258-5741 , x212

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Press Release – New President and CEO Welcomed

April 3, 2018

The Windsor Port Authority Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steven  C. Salmons as the incoming President and CEO of the Port effective May 1, 2018. Mr. Salmons will assume responsibilities following the retirement of David Cree, CEO of the Port for the past 33 years. George Sandala, Board Chair, notes that Mr. Salmons’ demonstrated leaderships skills and accomplishments throughout his career ensures the continued success Port of Windsor has experienced under the leadership of David Cree.

Mr. Salmons is a graduate of the University of Windsor having achieved a BA in Psychology, an Honours BComm in Labour Relations, and an MBA in Strategic Studies.  He has over 25 years in senior executive and advisory leaderships roles. As former CEO of the Windsor Public Library, Mr. Salmons led the team to become Canada’s most award winning library, achieving not only national awards of excellence, but also a North American first for service innovation. He has served as General Manager, Community Services for the City of Windsor and Senior Policy Advisor in various Provincial Government Departments, notably the Government’s No.1 economic priority – the Windsor Border initiative. As Director of Community and Development Services for the Town of Lakeshore, besides a number of strategic accomplishments to ensure implementation of Council’s agenda, Mr. Salmons identified and negotiated property acquisitions that created the largest beachfront on the north shore of Essex County and was also instrumental in the development of the $62.0 míllion Atlas Tube Centre and Recreation Complex.

Recently the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a review of Canada Port Authorities to optimize their role in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade. “The Canadian Port Authority system needs to be re-examined to ensure Canada is always well positioned to innovate and compete for years to come.”  ln view of Minister Garneau’s announcement, George Sandala has indicated Mr. Salmons’ extensive diverse experience and knowledge will certainly add value to his contribution as CEO of Windsor Port Authority to Transport Canada, identifying potential policy, legislative and regulatory changes to help Canada Port Authorities consolidate their position as key players in the Canadian economy.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

wpa@portwindsor.com

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2017 Port Traffic Rebounds

 

Press Release

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”.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

wpa@portwindsor.com

 

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Cargo Business Booming

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.

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Windsor Port Authority Honoured at the AAPA Conference in Long Beach, California

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.

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David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

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Windsor, Great Lakes ports enjoying One of Best Shipping Years ever in 2017

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.

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Historic icebreaker passing through Windsor en route to Thunder Bay

Chris Thompson, Windsor Star
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Published on: June 21, 2017 | Last Updated: June 21, 2017 9:44 PM EDT

Alexander Henry IceBreaker

The historic icebreaker Alexander Henry will be passing by Windsor and Amherstburg on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Ian MacAlpine / SunMedia

A historic retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker will be passing through Amherstburg and Windsor on Thursday en route to Thunder Bay, the place it was built and where it will become a tourist attraction.

The Alexander Henry was built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company in what is now part of Thunder Bay and launched in July 1959.

“It has come through the Welland Canal, all eight locks,” said Windsor native Shelley Simon of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society.

“It’s really historic, it will be in Amherstburg at 3 p.m. (Thursday) and is supposed to be at the Windsor waterfront between 6 and 7 p.m. (Thursday).

The Alexander Henry was originally classified a Canadian Marine Ship (CMS) but with the creation of the Canadian Coast Guard in 1962 it became a Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) and remained in service, based on Lake Superior, until 1984.

While operational, the Alexander Henry was used in the 1970s to test experimental methods of icebreaking — using hover platforms at the front of the ship. But that proved to be too noisy and costly.

In 1986, the ship became a floating museum at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, also serving as a bed and breakfast in the summer months.

The ship was put in dry dock in 2010 to undergo inspection and last year the museum moved to a new location that could not accommodate the ship.

The ship’s future has been uncertain of late, with some in Kingston wanting to sink it in Lake Ontario to become a diving reef.

The Thunder Bay group bought the ship for $2 and it is now heading home thanks to $125,000 from Thunder Bay city council to help cover towing costs.

The Alexander Henry is named after a pioneer of the Canadian fur trade.

On Thursday, the ship may be accompanied up the Detroit River by the CCGS Samuel Risley, the ship that took over its icebreaking and buoy-placing duties on the Great Lakes.

“I’m hoping to rally up a bunch of people to be on that waterfront,” said Simon.

The ship is expected to arrive in Thunder Bay on Wednesday and be open to the public by August.

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Port Traffic News

Windsor Port Authority traffic ebbs after banner year.

Please click on the link, for the full posting, including pictures: 2017 Traffic Ebbs

Officials expect to bounce back with another great year in 2017 as work on Gordie Howe bridge begins.

CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2017 7:11 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 07, 2017 7:11 PM ET

Steve Lutsch snapped this photo “to put into perspective” just how big freighters that traverse the
Great Lakes and Detroit River really are. (Steve Lutsch/Facebook)
After a near-record year of ship traffic, the Windsor Port Authority saw cargo volumes take a bit
of a dive in 2016.
The number of ships docking in the port last year dropped 14.85 per cent, while tonnes of cargo
dropped 15.49 per cent, according to figures presented at the port authority’s annual meeting
Wednesday.
But the ebbing numbers simply reflect the banner year of traffic in 2015, largely because of early
construction work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, say officials.
Windsor Port Authority president and CEO David Cree expects to see ship traffic and cargo
volumes to soar as work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge starts. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)
The 2016 traffic is more on par with the 10-year average, explained David Cree, president and
CEO of the port authority.
“We’re never happy to see a decrease, but that’s sort of the nature of the business,” he said. “We
think we’re going to bounce back very quickly.”
Officials expect to see an increase in traffic in 2017 with numbers from the first month reflecting
that projection, according to port authority board chairman George Sandala.
He anticipates salt aggregate will return to normal levels after a slight decrease last year. A $60-
million expansion at Windsor Salt will be a driving factor behind that, Sandala explained.
Another boon to aggregate starting again this year and ramping up in 2018 will be from the
construction of the Gordie Howe bridge.
A spike in cruise-ship traffic was a bright spot in last year’s numbers. Ports around the Great
Lakes have been promoting tourism internationally, which is starting to roll in, according to
Cree.
“It’s been a nice little added bonus that we were hoping for, but didn’t really expect,” he said.

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Seaway system closes another season ice-free on the St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence Seaway

CORNWALL, Ontario – With water temperatures well above the 10-year average, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed its 2015 navigation season ice free on Dec. 31.

Thirty-six million tonnes of cargo transited the waterway during the season, with grain, at volumes well above the five-year average, leading the way. The Seaway once again proved to be a key asset for farmers as they shipped their crops to markets at home and overseas, the agency said.

Grain volumes on the Seaway amounted to 10.8 million tonnes, one of the strongest years in recent memory.  The Port of Thunder Bay, the principal point of entry for grain into the Great Lakes/Seaway System, reported its second-best season in 15 years. Combined with grain being loaded onto ships from other ports such as Hamilton, Duluth/Superior and Toledo, agricultural commodities have become increasingly important to the Great Lakes/Seaway System.

seaway“The Seaway continues to serve as a vital trade artery, enabling cargo to move to more than 50 countries across the globe,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC).

The 2015 season opened on April 2, about a week later than usual, reflecting the frigid conditions in early spring, and closed Dec. 31 with the passage of the vessel Mississagi through Welland Canal Lock 1 at 3:41 a.m. The last vessel to exit the Montreal/Lake Ontario section was the Baie St. Paul, which exited the St. Lambert Lock at 8:41 p.m. Dec. 30.  The 2015 navigation season was 274 days in length.

“Now that the navigation season has concluded, winter maintenance projects at the U.S. Snell and Eisenhower locks are already underway. The maintenance of the U.S. locks is a year round job and Seaway employees are diligently working as we continue to rehabilitate and modernize the Seaway infrastructure under our Asset Renewal Program” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “The 2015 navigation season saw highs and lows in traditional cargoes that move through the Seaway System. Global demand for coal remained below last year’s levels whereas general cargo to and from international and domestic markets remained high with over a 100% increase.  Project cargo and dry bulk materials to support the construction and manufacturing industry also remained in positive standings.”

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