Belledune, NB: The Belledune Port Authority and Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc announced today that together they have signed an Impact Assessment Act (IAA) Protocol that marks an important milestone in moving forward together with First Nations. The IAA Protocol is the first of its kind in Canada and is a sister document to the Relationship, Engagement & Consultation Protocol, a previously signed historic agreement that is also the first of its kind in the country.
When we came together and reviewed the new legislation, we understood a proactive piece was missing. The BPA’s relationship with the first caretakers of the land is so important and ensuring we have meaningful conversations is a requirement from our perspective – it’s a matter of respect. shared Denis Caron, President & CEO of the Belledune Port Authority.
The Owners of the IAA Protocol have co-created a process to address provisions in the new Impact Assessment Act, S.C. 2019, c. 28 s. 1 which first came into force in 2019. This new act changes many of the “determination” provisions that were included in the now repealed Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, SC 2012, c 19, s 52.
One section of importance is what happens to projects on federal lands.
The Belledune Port Authority and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc mutually agreed that the language contained in section 82 was paternalistic and did not recognize the engagement and input of First Nations, so together in partnership with the Port, the signatories wrote the IAA Protocol. The creation of the IAA Protocol ensures the Belledune Port Authority works with First Nations to make a determination of the impacts of the projects on federal lands.
“The determination of any impact can only be properly understood if those who may be impacted are part of the assessment of the impact,” explained Caron. “Our intention with the IAA Protocol is to add to the understanding of rights, responsibilities, and respect required to fulfill obligations under sections 82 and 84.”
Included in the intention of the IAA Protocol, is a commitment to the Mi’qmag Rights Impact Assessment Framework, which expands upon the obligations and processes required to fulfill sections 82 and 84 of the IAA. Together, the Belledune Port Authority, Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc have worked to ensure these two documents are companions in how the impact of projects on federal lands are assessed.
The Belledune Port Authority, Pabineau First Nation, Eel River Bar First Nation, and Mi’gmawe’I Tplu’taqnn Inc have established a meaningful and practical engagement and consultation process through which all parties will be inclusive of the perspectives, views, and positions of each other while maintaining, fostering and strengthening working relationships with project proponents. The Owners look forward to continuing to be open, transparent and respectful about development at the Port of Belledune.
To learn more about the IAA Protocol, visit https://portofbelledune.ca/community/relationship/
The Port of Belledune is a proud member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – and was excited to celebrate the Western Hemisphere Port Days on April 5th, 2021 in partnership with the Association. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Workforce”. The theme was chosen to honor the skills, professionalism, and commitment of the port industry workforce, which include thousands of people who ensure that cargo and passengers move efficiently through the ports everyday. While being an essential service all throughout the global pandemic, workers continued to make sure vital goods were delivered to grocery stores, businesses, and medical care facilities.
The theme of celebrating a workforce runs deep for the Belledune Port Authority (BPA). Driving the economy and working to increase employment opportunities in the region is always top of mind for the BPA. To make sure the Port’s own workforce stays informed, educated, and motivated, emphasis is placed on training and development, and moving forward in one’s respective role is highly encouraged. There is an understanding that to best serve the region, as well as the marine shipping business, the Port’s workforce must remain highly competitive. Projects at the Port can have a direct impact on the number of jobs available for certain industries around the area. When the Port is thriving, as can the surrounding communities.
Port Days is also a great opportunity to celebrate the role that seaports play in the worldwide economy. In 2018 alone, Canada’s seaports handled a total of 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion! As a port that specializes primarily in dry, liquid, and breakbulk commodities, the Port of Belledune is essential for bringing in or exporting out raw or value-added product that impacts everyday life, whether it be wood pellets for heating purposes or gypsum that goes into drywall to build houses. Specializing in these products that continue to be vital for everyday life has resulted in the Port having a “buffer” to potential adverse effects. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, in the COVID-19 & Maritime Transport Report from 2020, in North America during the global pandemic, the number of ships calls by bulk carriers remained stable. This is because these products play such a significant role in daily life.
The Port of Belledune will always be an essential part of Canada’s supply chain, regardless of external crises such as the current pandemic. A commitment to growth and development is well-established within the organization, and the ability to remain and grow as an economic driver and offer more opportunities for the surrounding communities will always be a priority for each Port employee as they continue working hard in their roles everyday. In this way, they will play a significant role in the recovery of the region post-pandemic.
2021 event celebrates the workforce of Western Hemisphere seaports
(Belledune, NB – April 5, 2021) – The Belledune Port Authority in partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – and its entire hemispheric membership will commemorate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5 again this year. The annual event recognizes the port industry’s role in efficient goods movement, job creation and propelling the economy in nations they serve across the Americas.
This year’s Ports Day theme, Celebrating Our Workforce, honors the skill, professionalism, and commitment of the port industry workforce – thousands of people who ensure that cargo and passengers move efficiently through our ports every day.
During these uncertain times, the maritime industry and its workforce has sustained the movement of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods to our communities.
Throughout the global pandemic Ports all over the Western Hemisphere, never stopped operating. “Port workers are essential workers, and throughout the pandemic they have shown dedication to, ensuring the delivery of vital goods to grocery stores, businesses, and medical care facilities at major personal risk.”
Port Workers are:
- Front Line Heroes
- Developing Future Leaders
- Powering Our Recovery
- Committed to Infrastructure Modernization
According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as IHS World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion.
Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.
For more information about Western Hemisphere Ports Day, click here.
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.
According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion. Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.
To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable. For more information, visit www.aapa-ports.org. On Twitter: http://twitter.com/AAPA_Seaports
The regions and communities surrounding the Port of Belledune are filled with young, eager, and talented individuals who will be moving into the workforce in the near future. Being an advocate for long term prosperity in the region, the Belledune Port Authority (BPA) continues to directly invest in the educational objectives of youth from the region.
As the first month of the second academic semester wraps up for students attending New Brunswick’s Community College (NBCC) and the College Communitaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB), the BPA will have completed the second full year of their Bursary Program with the local institutions. Earlier this year, the second half of bursary payments were sent to the colleges to provide financial aid to those who were selected as winners last summer.
The winners for the 2020 – 2021 academic year included Mr. Ryan Allard (enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at CCNB), Mr. Andrew Bujold (enrolled in the Residential Electrical program at CCNB), and Mr. Gaetan Drapeau (enrolled in the Civil Engineering Technology at CCNB). Each winner received a bursary of $2,500, half being processed in September and half in January, to provide financial aid for both semesters.
With the BPA’s Bursary Program entering it’s third year since being established, those interested in learning more about the program or applying to potentially receive the bursary can do so by visiting the portofbelledune.ca website, under the Anchored in Our Community section. The application forms will be available on this page beginning on March 1st, 2021, and all applications must be received by the BPA by June 15th, 2021 to be considered for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.
The BPA wishes all the students a continued safe and successful school year! Thank you for taking the steps to enhance your future as well as the regions future.
With the rise in COVID-19 cases, we must remember that the key is compassion.
“We must stand together and be diligent in our efforts to stay healthy as we offer words of encouragement and hope.”
The leaders of our provinces are guiding strategies for the health and safety of their citizens. We stand (six feet apart, of course) with the communities around us, knowing that we will weather this ordeal with vigor. Our families, businesses and communities are all resilient. Let us limit our contacts, wear our masks, keep our distance, be united and vigilant in our hygiene practices and above all be kind to others.
Belledune Port Authority
What makes the Port of Belledune unique? If you ask our employees they will tell you all the reasons they choose to live, work and play in northern New Brunswick. But, if you ask our customers they are quick to point out the business-related attributes that we can boast in Belledune.
In a customer survey conducted by a third party in 2020, an overwhelming majority of customers agreed that the most important attribute in Belledune is that “The Port of Belledune is managed by a world-class terminal operator and stevedore team” where the second most important attribute was “The port has a low level of congestion.” The customers surveyed also gave a score of at least 9/10 in relation to the following Port Attributes and Performance:
- Turn-around time / speed of transfer
- Port Changes
- Land Transportation
- Being a good partner
- Overall Efficiency
- Overall convenience
- Safety & Security
The region in northern New Brunswick, our First Nations neighbors, and our communities are extremely important to us and are considered in all aspects of port business. Development at the Port means development for the whole region so we decided to elaborate a little bit on the attributes and add a few that reflect the values of our Port community.
Here are 10 Reasons To Do Business at the Port of Belledune:
- Infrastructure – We are continuing to invest in the Port infrastructure, driven by the growing needs of our clients. Port clients have consistently ranked the modern infrastructure as one of the reasons they choose to do business at the Port of Belledune.
- Being a Good Partner – Relationships are extremely important to us. From our First Nations neighbors, community stakeholders, and customer base we strive to have an inclusive business and political environment conducive to moving things forward.
- Ample Storage Space – Port of Belledune customers benefit from the storage facilities that have been built on or next to the terminals. There are many outdoor storage options available on or next to the marine terminals that are suitable for bulk, break-bulk, roll-on roll-off, and project cargo alike.
- Room to Grow – We have over 1,000 acres of land for industrial development and transshipment. Our proximity to the St. Lawrence River makes us a great option for transshipment into the Great Lakes.
- World Class Terminal Operations – Having partners like QSL allows the Port of Belledune to shine. QSL offers consistent, innovative, and efficient solutions for cargo handling that customers agree are second to none.
- Environmental Leadership – We are proud to be Green Marine certified since 2018 which helps us build effective management systems based on sound principles and measures. The Port’s land and marine terminals are surrounded by trees which also act as a natural sound barrier for the community and animals.
- Efficiency – Timeliness, safe operations, and speed of turnaround are some of the attributes customers associate with the port. Our terminal operators are extremely efficient and are always finding innovative ways to handle your cargo.
- Flexibility – We pride ourselves on our flexibility and ability to work with customers and partners to ensure success for all parties. As an anchor of economic development in Northern New Brunswick our focus to work with and become partners with our customers.
- Intermodal Connectivity – Connected by highway systems and CN’s rail network, the Port of Belledune is connected to major markets in North America via land, rail, and sea.
- Safety & Security – The Port of Belledune holds the highest standard security rating from Transport Canada and continues to hold an impressive safety & security record with no identified vulnerabilities during its past assessments.
The Belledune Port Authority was glad to welcome Captain Nobe Parreno Lagalagot, Master of the MV “Cielo Di Capalbio”, and his crew as the First Ship of 2021 as they laid anchor at the Port of Belledune on January 1st. Calling on multi-cargo Terminal 3, the “Cielo Di Capalbio” began the loading of 25,000 MT of wood pellets – a commodity that is part of a sector that has grown exponentially over the past few years at the Port of Belledune.
The “Cielo Di Capalbio” sails under the flag of Liberia and was only built in 2012. It is a bulk carrier and this is the first time it has ever called on the Port of Belledune.
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the usual in-person “First Ship of the Year” ceremony was unable to take place. A commemorative gift in the form of an award will be mailed to the ship’s agent, Calypso Marine Agency, in lieu of the presentation ceremony with the Captain and crew. The BPA will also be giving the Captain and his crew some merchandise such as toques to help keep them warm while they work during these upcoming winter months.
Speaking of the occasion, BPA President & CEO, Mr. Denis Caron, said: “Although we cannot all be together to mark this event, we still wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the MV “Cielo Di Capalbio” being the first ship at the Port of Belledune in 2021. The past year has been a challenging one for many, but we were fortunate to finish 2020 strong with 21 vessels in December alone – a record at the Port for most ships in a month! As we turn the corner into 2021, we at the BPA are gearing up for another big year. Our Master Planning exercise for planning the future of the Port is underway and it is going to require all hands-on deck. I know that our team at the Port is more than ready for the hard work ahead and we are looking forward to engaging with our stakeholders on this project. Together, I know we can have a great 2021!”
For more information, contact:
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority