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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.”

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OSHAWA – It’s the most celebrated season of the year at the Port of Oshawa. With the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway now open, the port is getting set to welcome the first overseas vessel of the 2016 navigation season with a special Top Hat ceremony. In anticipation of last week’s opening, ships were lining up.

“As soon as the seaway opened, six ships were waiting to bring in up to 60-thousand metric tonnes of steel to the Port of Oshawa,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “It’s a great way to start the season.”

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OSHAWA – It’s been just shy of a year since the official opening of the port’s $4.1 million rail spur, which is proving to be to a crucial link in meeting the growing demands of businesses, most notably the steel industry. So far, the rail spur has carried 41 cars of steel to Western Canada.

“The rail spur is living up to expectations in every way,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “An intermodal, national-deep sea port is a real value added for our customers, allowing cargo arriving at our dockside to go the full distance.”

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OSHAWA – As oil prices and the Canadian dollar tee-totter, triggering job losses, shifting migration and swings in cargo volumes at many Canadian ports, the Port of Oshawa has managed to ride the waves of economic uncertainty.

More than 378-thousand metric tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Oshawa in 2015. That’s up by 5.95 percent from the previous year, or over 21-thousand metric tonnes. Shipments of potash, magnesium chloride and asphalt were up along with steel.

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As we get ready to ring in the New Year and reflect on our successes, the Port of Oshawa would like to extend a special thanks to all of its customers, employees and supporters who’ve helped make 2016 a year of major milestones at the port.

After years in the planning, the $4.1 million rail spur officially opened. Funded by McAsphalt and the Oshawa Port Authority, the rail spur has allowed Oshawa’s national deep-sea port to become truly intermodal and move cargo of all sizes year round.

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OSHAWA - The Port of Oshawa is doing its part to reduce its environmental footprint. It’s signing on with Green Marine, joining as many as 240 ship operators, seaway corporations, terminals, shipyards and other ports across North America in demonstrating a clear commitment to the environment. Green Marine is a voluntary program aimed at encouraging the marine industry to go above and beyond environmental requirements.

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It’s a discussion that’s happening at every level of government. How do we ease traffic congestion, reduce green house gas emissions and support Canadian companies and the economy by moving goods more efficiently? Too often what’s missing from that conversation is the role of Canada’s 18 national ports – in particular the five Great Lakes ports of Oshawa, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Hamilton and Toronto that fall under the Ontario government’s purview.

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Read Port of Oshawa feature articles extracted from the Canadian Sailings magazine's September 21, 2015 issue.

Port of Oshawa feature cover

Oshawa – For the past four decades, they’ve been carrying out one of the most dangerous jobs in Canada. They’re the crews who work in the heat of cargo holds and under cranes hoisting tonnes of steel. They load, unload, sort, and store cargo through extreme weather conditions, winter and summer.

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Global pressures, falling oil and gas prices and a weakened dollar have buffeted Canada’s economy. Few have been immune to these economic ups and downs including many of Canada’s ports. However, the Port of Oshawa has not only fared better than most, it has excelled.

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Contact Information

Donna Taylor
President/CEO and Harbourmaster

1621 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada L1H 8J7

Phone: (905) 576-0400

Fax: (905) 576-5701

Email: info@portofoshawa.ca

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