Transport Canada announced an investment of up to $5.2 million, under the National Trade Corridors Fund, for the second phase of the Port Weller Dry Docks Cargo Terminal Project in St. Catharines, Ont.
This project will improve the areas of the port that are being used for the handling of cargo. It will also develop around 11 acres of land that is available, but not being used, from the dockside to the cement trans-loading facility, as well as around the cargo laydown and handling area.
“The National Trade Corridors Fund improves the strength and efficiency of the supply chain, which is key to the success of Canadian companies in the global marketplace. The dry docks cargo terminal project will increase capacity, improve connectivity, and reduce costs for end-users, especially those impacted by the shortage of domestic supply in Ontario,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.
As demand for cement continues to rise, and there is less land for port development, this project will increase capacity in the Niagara ports network. It will also improve transportation connections between Niagara ports, making it easier and more efficient to deliver goods to different markets.
“This investment into the Port Weller Dry Docks Terminal Project reaffirms our government’s commitment to working alongside the marine shipping industry to strengthen our supply chain and increase efficiency. This will improve our region’s ability to handle cargo and is exciting news for economic development in Niagara,” said Chris Bittle, MP for St. Catharines.
“The investment in the Port Weller Dry Docks facility will strengthen the local supply chain and promote further growth in the marine industry, which will benefit not just our companies but our regional, provincial and national economies,” said Ted Kirkpatrick, director of business development and government relations, Heddle Shipyards.
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