The Canadian government has unveiled a major investment of CAD 17 million (USD 13 million) to increase capacity at the Port of Belledune in an effort to move domestic goods to international markets.
The project includes filling in the water gap between
Terminals 3 — the M.D. Young Terminal — and 4 — Rayburn Doucett Terminal — to
create a larger berth thereby improving the port’s ability to move cargo
between the terminals, and to and from vessels.
This work will also create additional space for commodities
at the south end of Terminal 3 which handles general cargo and bulk.
The Government of Canada said it is supporting
infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s success in international
trade. Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors
Fund, funding projects that improve the fluidity and performance of the
transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from
Canada to overseas markets and increase new overseas trade as a result of the
“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part
of our local, regional and national economies. These improvements to the Port
of Belledune will increase transportation options for the community, help
businesses get more products to market, and create quality jobs,” Serge
Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence and Member of
Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, said.
The Port of Belledune is a deep water facility located in
northeastern New Brunswick, Canada. In 2018, the port handled its record annual
volumes of 2.9 million metric tons.