The Québec Port Authority (QPA) in Canada is set to build a new container terminal at the site of the Beauport 2020 project via an investment of roughly C$400m ($311m).
The proposed terminal will form part of the Beauport 2020 expansion initiative and is set to add around 610m of extra wharf line to the Port of Quebec’s Beauport Bay area.
Additionally, 17ha of new area behind the wharf is expected to be developed and the terminal will be connected to the vicinity’s existing rail and road networks once completed.
Port of Quebec president and CEO Mario Girard said: “We’ve got a tremendous opportunity here and we have all we need to succeed.
“Our vision is simple and strategic: make Québec City a hub for maritime logistics on the continent.
“We’ll succeed by rallying around this promising project.”
Girard noted that the Beauport container terminal is expected to help grow Québec City, which currently offers a water depth of 15m and intermodality to serve the St Lawrence–Great Lakes Trade Corridor.
However, the city’s existing capacity is not sufficient enough to compete with US-based ports in the container market segment.
The Port of Québec intends to use the planned facility to offer a competitive alternative along the St Lawrence to Great Lakes trade route.