29 million tonnes handled in 2019, the Port of Québec’s second-best year on record in terms of tonnage (after 2012).Highlights and cargo volume records:
Iron ore and iron ore derivatives are among the volumes that have been at their highest in recent years. QSL has enhanced its expertise in this segment by developing a sieving method that is sought out by customers with an eye on superior product quality.
QSL’s terminal, with its highly versatile facilities, saw a significant increase in the transshipment volume of gypsum and salt being sent to the Great Lakes market.
Valero, the largest refinery in Québec and the second largest in Canada, is a valued QPA partner. It operates the largest liquid product terminal on the St. Lawrence.
IMTT-Québec had its third-best cargo traffic year of the past 10 years. Refined petroleum product and chemical traffic played a major role in 2019’s positive results.
New records for Sollio and fertilizer imports: these excellent results demonstrate the major role port traffic plays in Canada’s agri-food industry. In this respect, the Port is ahead of the pack, in part thanks to our partner G3, which has managed our silos for more than 50 years, and soon thanks to a new Sollio Agriculture grain export terminal. This is the first investment of its kind on the St. Lawrence in more than 50 years.
2019 was also the first year that the Béton Provincial cement terminal, the largest of its kind in the world, was in operation in the Beauport sector. This development hinged on two important features: the terminal's strategic location and the port’s water depth.
Glencore’s activities continued in 2019, and 2020 is set to be a promising year thanks to new handling equipment they are planning on installing. It bears reminding that the port is a key link in Glencore’s nickel supply chain, connecting Québec City and Deception Bay in Québec to Sudbury, Ontario, and Kristiansand, Norway.
Other activities and terminals at the port contributed significantly to the very successful year we had in terms of volume in 2019.