THE PORT OF QUÉBEC WELCOMES THE MARITIME STRATEGY ANNOUNCED BY THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT WITH OPEN ARMS
June 29, 2015 – Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority, supports the implementation of the Maritime Strategy announced by the Quebec government. The different actions being proposed will highlight the importance and benefits of maritime trade. Structured expansion projects are being planned at the Port of Québec in order to seize the different business opportunities that growing international maritime trade will create.
Among the different actions, the port hails the government’s proposed initiative to promote Quebec port facilities and their benefits abroad. This initiative will better showcase the strategic advantages that favourably position the Port of Québec against competition from deep-water U.S. ports.
A second action the port supports is the implementation of industrial port zones. These new zones are sure to spur new private industrial and manufacturing investment in the economic interest of the region. The port plans to capitalize on this action to develop new business partnerships for its project to construct a deep-water multifunctional terminal: Beauport 2020.
“The Port of Québec welcomes with open arms the Maritime Strategy that will stimulate maritime trade, which the Port of Québec, its partners and the Québec community will benefit from. Due to growth in international maritime trade, expansion work at the Panama Canal and massive investments in U.S. ports, the Maritime Strategy provides tremendous support to major structuring infrastructure projects that will allow Quebec to be more competitive. Now is a good time to offer the infrastructure needed to seize the business opportunities that economic initiatives like the Strategy will provide,” said Mr. Girard.
The Port of Québec, a flagship destination on the St. Lawrence River, has experienced phenomenal growth in the cruise ship sector over the past several years. Current cruise infrastructure is being used at full capacity. In order to grow further in this segment, the Port of Québec welcomes with open arms the actions proposed by the government as part of its strategy to support this industry’s development, including updates to infrastructure.
“Due to major maritime changes worldwide and market globalization, the Maritime Strategy is the first step towards encouraging the Québec maritime community to give thought to positioning itself against competition around the world,” said Mr. Girard.
As a deep-water port at the head of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway, the Port of Québec plays a strategic role within the continental trade route as the only port with a 15-metre depth at low tide and full intermodality. The Port of Québec plans updating and construction projects for its infrastructure in order to seize the business opportunities associated with the constant growth of maritime trade, the revival of the Plan Nord and the Maritime Strategy.
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