Port Saint John completes West Side Modernization Project

Port Saint John completes West Side Modernization Project

Port Saint John has successfully completed the $205 million West Side Terminals Modernization Project to increase the terminal’s overall capacity and bolster its attractiveness for investment.

Funded equally by the Federal Government, Province of New Brunswick, and the port, this construction project has been completed on time, on budget, and with increased scope despite challenges arising during the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruptions.

Thanks to this critical infrastructure investment, the west side container terminal is enjoying increased laydown capacity of over 160 per cent or 325,000 TEU.

Other improvements include a 345-metre berth, the addition of new refrigerated towers, dredged the main channel to be deeper and wider and an expanded intermodal yard.  

READ: Port Saint John reaches 100,000 TEU milestone

“Port Saint John is vital to the economy of the city and by extension to the whole of Atlantic Canada,” said Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

“This remarkable modernisation of the facility has already generated substantial investments from the private sector, has created good employment and has allowed the Port to nearly double the volume of cargo it handles.

“This major upgrade of the port will help the economy locally, provincially and nationally by connecting communities to global trade opportunities. I am proud that this government continues to deliver for Saint John–Rothesay.” 

READ: Port Saint John receives multi-million-dollar investment from Government of Canada

Craig Bell Estabrooks, CEO of the port, further added: “The port is proud to announce the completion of The Modernization Project that has positioned us to be a critical part of Canada’s supply chain.

“In 2022 our terminal throughput nearly doubled to 151,000 TEU and in 2023 we were one of the only ports in North America to see container volumes grow as global trade was down.”

In February 2023, DP World and Port Saint John received two new post-Panamax cranes as part of the port’s CA$205 million ($154 million) modernisation project.

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