News and Media Releases

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

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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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Since the opening of its 2015 shipping season in April, bulk cargo volumes through the Port of Oshawa are way up. From asphalt to calcium chloride to steel, shipments are up by an unprecedented 93 percent over the same time last year, the Oshawa Port Authority announced today.

Steel continues to be the Port of Oshawa’s leading cargo, with more than 105 thousand metric tonnes shipped through the port as of the end of June. That’s twice the tonnage compared to the same period last year.

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The Oshawa Port Authority hosted its third Annual General Meeting today, releasing its 2014 audited financial statements that show major projects including the multi-million dollar rail spur and cargo pad, are generating new business opportunities and jobs for local workers.

“The rail spur just opened and already we’re getting expressions of interest from companies ranging from steel to the energy sector,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “Businesses have been quick to recognize the clear advantages of an intermodal port with rail, road and water access to move cargo.”

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The Port of Oshawa has boosted its industry benefits, with the official opening today of a new $4.1 million rail spur at a special ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local elected and industry officials.

“The rail spur is a crucial link that helps us meet the growing demands of businesses,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “Oshawa’s national deep-sea port is now truly intermodal, and able to move cargo of all sizes year round. That’s a huge advantage.”

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The Port of Oshawa officially welcomed the first international vessel, M/V Marbacan, at a special Top Hat ceremony today, kicking off a new shipping season, and what is expected to be a pivotal year for the port.

“With a new $2.5 million cargo pad and new multi-million dollar rail spur set to open this spring, the port is well positioned to serve current customers and new businesses like never before,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “These investments in port expansion support our local companies and benefit the entire region.”

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Triad Metals, one of the Port of Oshawa’s newest customers is already making its mark. The company is gearing up to hire new workers, and is currently in the race to bring the first international vessel into the port, kicking off this year’s shipping season.

Triad Metals, a wholesale distributor of structural steel products in the U.S, is building its first Canadian warehousing operation on Farewell Avenue. The company will be hiring up to 30 people, with positions ranging from administration to warehousing and sales.

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After several years of building and revitalization, the Port of Oshawa enters into a new phase this year, when that expansion is expected to translate into new port customers.

"The Port of Oshawa is really coming into its own," said Donna Taylor, CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. "With expansion drawing to completion, the port is in an ideal position to offer industry every advantage."

Over the past several years, the port has been in building mode. It’s made substantial investments in several new projects, including a $2.5 million cargo pad on the east port lands, the East Wharf Consolidation Project that provides additional berth for ships, and a multi-million dollar rail spur, all of which allow the port to handle more cargo.

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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: For the President and CEO/Harbourmaster directly and any Project or Cargo inquiries please email portoshawa@bellnet.ca
           For General inquiries please email info@portofoshawa.ca

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