Port of Québec
Last Received Data : : 2021/07/26 at 12:31

Climatic Conditions

Québec

Weather

25 °C
Monday 26 July

Clear Day
Max: 26 °C / Min: 17 °C
Sunrise 05:19 AM  Sunset 08:26 PM

Wind

WSW: 13 km/h
(7 kts)

Humidity

66%

Pressure

100.9kPa

Water Temperature

22.7C (72.9F)

Tides

Next Tide

Descending

Low

16:39

High

21:15


Tomorrow
Tuesday 27 July

Partly Cloudy Day
Max: 23 °C / Min: 15 °C
Sunrise 05:21 AM  Sunset 08:24 PM

Last Received Data : : 2021/07/26 at 12:31

Climatic Conditions

Québec

Weather

25 °C
Monday 26 July

Clear Day
Max: 26 °C / Min: 17 °C
Sunrise 05:19 AM  Sunset 08:26 PM

Wind

WSW: 13 km/h
(7 kts)

Humidity

66%

Pressure

100.9kPa

Water Temperature

22.7C (72.9F)

Tides

Next Tide

Descending

Low

16:39

High

21:15


Tomorrow
Tuesday 27 July

Partly Cloudy Day
Max: 23 °C / Min: 15 °C
Sunrise 05:21 AM  Sunset 08:24 PM

Annual review 2020Economic affairs

MUCH MORE THAN WHARVES AND SHIPS

Total global marine traffic decreased by almost 10% in 2020.

Meanwhile, in Québec City, it fell 6.8%.

Logistics hub to promote trade, handling and warehousing of goods; miscellaneous infrastructures at the heart of companies’ import and export strategies; continuous marine services in supply chains that connect about 50 countries; the Port and the Québec-Lévis marine industry are closely linked to the economic vitality of the greater Québec City area.

In fact, under the Canada Marine Act, the Port of Québec is at the service of Canadian foreign trade and generates significant economic benefits through its undeniable strategic advantages and significant economic spinoffs, particularly because of its role as a transshipment point for many cargo movements between the Great Lakes market and the rest of the world.

As a result, all the trade in goods that goes through Québec and that was produced in major North American industrial centres generates wealth and spinoffs in our region. For example, the agri-food industry in western Canada or the steel industry in the Great Lakes creates quality jobs here, without the Québec City region having the impact associated with the physical presence of these industries.

We must also remember that ports are vital to the economic development of a trading nation like Canada. A very small market requires that certain inputs come from outside and that part of those markets also be served by ships. This is the mode of transportation that remains the most environmentally efficient.

Although the pandemic has severely weakened the cruise ship industry, port activities — although disrupted — have been proved more relevant than ever. Port infrastructure meets a basic need and provides local wealth generation, while making users more competitive.


CHANGED PORT OPERATIONS, BUT STILL VERY NEEDED

Highlights

  • At the height of the pandemic, the QPA and its operating partners were able to preserve well-functioning supply and logistics chains. The global (-4.2%) and North American economic slowdown brought uncertainty throughout the year. Nevertheless, the impact on the Port’s overall operations in terms of tonnes handled was relatively modest and localized over specific areas.
  • Twenty-seven million tonnes were transferred in 2020, despite the particular context of the pandemic, representing a 6.8% decrease from 2019.
  • In comparison, globally, the marine industry as a whole decreased by 4.1% in 2020. The container market was the most affected (-6%), followed by petroleum products (-1%).
  • The petroleum products industry has been one of the most affected sectors here. Confinement periods that reduced labour force displacement and the fact that borders were closed reduced demand, particularly for aircraft fuel, for all of these products significantly in 2020.
  • Meanwhile, the agri-food sector has been on a reverse track, registering a significant 56.5% increase over 2019. This sector of activity was strengthened with the construction of the Sollio Agriculture grain export terminal. The presence of Sollio and G3 makes Québec City the only port in the eastern part of the country with two dedicated terminals offering full intermodality, a water depth allowing for fully loaded Panamax vessels and year-round access to foreign markets.
  • The minerals and concentrates sector (including steel) had a very good year. It was particularly spared from the impact that the COVID-19 case outbreaks might have had on certain supply chains. QSL had a good year with large volumes of steel products exported to Asia and Europe. According to the 2018 Baltic and International Maritime Conference (BIMCO) list, QSL with its facilities at the Port of Québec ranks 2nd in the world for solid bulk handling!
  • The cruise industry, as well as event activities, were hit hard.

Key industries served by the Port of Québec in 2020

Terminals and customers

  • The year 2020 marked the commissioning of Sollio Agriculture’s new grain export terminal, thus strengthening the already strong agri-food vocation of the Port of Québec.
  • In the fall of 2020, Glencore received from Asia its new port equipment dedicated to unloading nickel concentrate from Northern Québec and began operations, thereby increasing the efficiency of its port operations.

Health measures

  • As soon as COVID-19 became a global pandemic, all maritime activities related to the supply chain were immediately considered by the authorities as essential and priority services.
  • In terms of health, preventive and enhanced measures have been implemented. In addition to coordinating the implementation of the measures recommended by the authorities, the QPA, with the help of its partner operators, has been able to maintain the exploitation of its activities and the integrity of the logistics chain through excessively rigorous health protocols.
  • As a port authority, the QPA has shown leadership in everything under its control (security, enforcement of measures by various levels of government, proactive decision-making). The QPA also acts as a reference for the decision-making processes of various stakeholders in the supply chain.

LAURENTIA: A PROJECT WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE


CRUISES: WAITING FOR RECOVERY


INFRASTRUCTURE: BUILDING THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS


THE TERMINAL HAS A NEW TEMPORARY PURPOSE


THE MARINA: AN EXCITING YEAR

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