Port at a Glance
Port of Oshawa Welcomes First international Vessel of the Season
Oshawa (April 13, 2016) – The Port of Oshawa has officially welcomed the first international vessel at a special Top Hat ceremony, signaling the start of a new shipping season. M/V Wigeon arrived from Portugal with more than 20-thousand metric tonnes of steel rebar.
“We are delighted to welcome Captain Monem Bachar, Master of M/V Wigeon and his crew to the Port of Oshawa,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, who presented the captain with the traditional top hat. “We’re also pleased to continue to play an important role in supporting local industry and the economy.”
M/V Wigeon offloaded steel rebar to be used in building construction in both the Durham Region and GTA. Steel continues to lead the Port of Oshawa’s cargo volumes, with 190-thousand metric tonnes moving through the port last year.
Port Handling More Cargo
In 2015, the Port of Oshawa handled 49 vessels, carrying over 378-thousand metric tonnes of bulk cargo. That’s up by almost six percent from the previous year, or over 21-thousand metric tonnes. Along with steel, shipments of potash, magnesium chloride and asphalt were also up.
“As federal infrastructure funding rolls out, this will bring new opportunities to the region and the port,” said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “The port’s new rail spur is well equipped to support the planned refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear power plant as well as Highway 407 expansion.”
The port handles an average of $23 million worth of cargo annually, generating close to $6 million in federal and provincial taxes each year. It’s revenue that goes back into the local and regional economy.
For further information contact:
President/CEO and Harbourmaster
1621 Simcoe Street South
Canada L1H 8J7
Phone: (905) 576-0400
Fax: (905) 576-5701