News and Media Releases

What’s the best way of moving twelve, fifteen by eighteen-foot high transformers that weigh in at about 50 metric tonnes apiece? The question came from transport company Precision Specialized Division Inc., and the Port of Oshawa was only too happy to answer.

Companies like Precision know who to call. The Port of Oshawa is frequently called upon to help move oversized shipments, including steel. This shipment was one of the largest.

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In her 37 years at the Port of Oshawa, Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, admits she’s never seen anything quite like it.

Last month, the beleaguered M/V Fritz arrived in the Port of Oshawa. Not only was the ship experiencing mechanical troubles, but its captain and 18-member Romanian crew were short on supplies, and forced to ration food and water. They’d been at sea for six months.

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Two weeks after arriving in the Port of Oshawa, and discharging 13-thousand metric tonnes of cargo for port customers, the M/V Fritz and its crew are headed for the Port of Hamilton, where the cargo ship will undergo needed repairs.

“We’re pleased to report a happy ending,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “Several new crew members have arrived from Poland, while others are staying on. They’ve been paid up, and all are in good spirits.”

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The Oshawa Port Authority’s Annual General Meeting earlier this month was a great opportunity to explain its successes over the past year and dispel a few misconceptions.

First, the Oshawa Port Authority is not funded by taxpayer dollars.

“For example, unlike Friends of Second Marsh, which received over $40 thousand in local tax dollars last year alone, the OPA is a financially self-sufficient corporation that does not rely on money from Oshawa ratepayers,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. All costs, including salaries and advertising are paid entirely from revenue generated by port activity.”

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The Oshawa Port Authority hosted its second Annual General Meeting today, releasing its 2013 audited financial statements that show the OPA has succeeded in driving economic growth.  Several new customers are moving into the port.

“We’re very pleased that several significant new projects will be moving forward at the Port of Oshawa,” said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “It’s a strong vote of confidence in our leadership, and the port’s ability to meet the growing demands of both current and new port customers.”

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More companies are recognizing that the Port of Oshawa is the right place for doing business around the world. While the port has location, capacity and skill going for it, leadership provided by the Oshawa Port Authority has been pivotal in meeting the needs of new port customers.

Last year was an important year in the history of the port. It was the Oshawa Port Authority’s first full year, since gaining official port authority status in 2012, pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Oshawa Port Authority has proven it has the governance stability to lead economic growth. As a result, several new companies have chosen to invest in the Port of Oshawa.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Oshawa Port Authority will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, 1011 Bloor St. East, Oshawa, Ontario.

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The Port of Oshawa is steadily becoming the port of choice for more steel importers around the world.

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, I offer my condolences, thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family.

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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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