July 6, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Tenders have begun being issued by the Saint John Port Authority to ensure renovations to the Rodney Container Terminal begin as quickly as possible. It has begun doing so under a recent funding agreement with the provincial government.
The announcement was made by Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty; Energy Minister Jack Keir; Stephen Campbell, chairman, Saint John Port Authority; and Gordon Cole, general manager, Tropical Shipping of Canada.
"This project will help the Port of Saint John provide even better service to the many shipping and trucking companies that depend on the port for business," said Doherty.
The tender announced today is to replace and refurbish decking, piles and pile caps at the terminal, located on the west-side of the port authority property. Work is expected to begin in mid- to late-July. This tender represents about half of the $1.4-million project, which is expected to be completed by September 2011.
Premier Shawn Graham announced the provincial government's agreement with the port authority during an address to the cruise industry in Saint John on June 10. The provincial government has agreed to invest $700,000 in the project which, next year, will entail the replacement of the asphalt on the port's west-side access road and container terminal entrance.
Campbell said the renovations will make the Rodney Container Terminal a more attractive location for major container shipping lines, and this will provide New Brunswick exporters and importers even more options with direct access to global markets.
"Rodney Terminal at the Port of Saint John is New Brunswick's only container terminal," said Campbell. "We are confident this project will help attract new business and more work to the port, generating more spin-off benefits to the city and the province as a whole."
The project is intended to improve the container terminal to the benefit of port users, including Saint John-based shipping and stevedoring companies as well trucking interests provincewide.
"Tropical Shipping is pleased that both the Province of New Brunswick and the port authority are investing in improvements to the terminal," said Cole. "This will help our company continue to provide a premium service for our customers shipping to and from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Bursey, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-461-0942, email@example.com; Paula Small, communications, Saint John Port Authority, 506-636-5377.