Notice – Tug Services

Please join us in welcoming McKeil Marine to the Port of Belledune!

The Port will be entering a transition period from now until April 27th, 2020 with McKeil Marine joining current tug operator, Atlantic Towing, for berthing and towing services. The Port will continue offering two tugs, and after the transition period, McKeil Marine will become the sole service provider.

We thank Atlantic Towing for their decades of service with the Port and for helping in this transition period.

To make arrangements with McKeil Marine, please contact Dan MacPherson at or call 506-333-6614.

Proactive Disclosure – Possible Delays

Openness, transparency and accountability are guiding principles of the Belledune Port Authority. However, the Belledune Port Authority’s ability to meet timelines for proactive publication may be affected by the current circumstances and exceptional measures put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of our employees. As a result there may be delays in the proactive publication of information during this period. Making information available to Canadians proactively continues to be important to us. We will continue to make reasonable efforts to meet the timelines for the proactive disclosure of information, in accordance with operational realities. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this period as we all navigate these unprecedented challenges.


2018 Economic Impact Report

Martin Associates was retained by the Belledune Port Authority to measure the local and regional economic impacts supported by maritime cargo and vessel activity at the Port of Belledune’s marine terminals. The impacts are measured for calendar year 2018 and are estimated in terms of jobs, personal earnings, business revenue, and provincial and local taxes.

The economic model can be used to estimate annual updates, as well as test sensitivity of the impacts to changes in factors such as marine cargo tonnage levels, labor productivity, commodity mix, and inland origins/destinations of commodities. The model can also be used to evaluate impacts of new terminal development and conduct annual updates.

The study is based on interviews with 57 firms providing services to the cargo and vessels handled at the Port’s marine terminals. These 57 firms represent the defined population of tenants and service providers in the Port’s seaport community, underscoring the defensibility of the study. The data collected from the interviews was then used to develop these operational and economic models.

BPA Economic Impact Study Report 07-30-2019.pdf

The Belledune Port Authority Introduces New Chair of the Board

Belledune, NB – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) Board of Directors has recently appointed a new Chair on the Board of Directors. It was announced in July 2018 that Danika Keeley will be succeeding in the role, becoming the first ever female to hold this position with the BPA.

Keeley was previously serving as a director on the BPA Board before taking on this new role. She holds a bachelor degree of arts from St. Thomas University and has also studied business and Human Resources Management at Saint Mary’s University. She brings to the table her background and experience in business planning, financial management, human resources management, and fine-tuned marketing skills. She is a franchise developer with Dixie Lee (Maritimes) Ltd., and has also contributed her skills to the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and Enterprise Restigouche.

BPA President & CEO, Denis Caron has said “we are very excited to have Ms. Keeley as Chair of the Board. With her knowledge and experience, we know she will be successful in the role and continue to bring great leadership to the Board.”

Keeley is now part of a movement seeing more women occupying executive roles on serving boards. According to an article published by CBC News, between 2014 and 2017, “the percentage of women on Canadian corporate boards has gone up to 14 per cent from 11 percent three years ago.” (The Canadian Press, 2017). Although that statistic is still quite low and slow to increase, it is encouraging to see it growing. A study called “Women in Business: the Value of Diversity” conducted a thorough overlook of corporations in the US, UK, and India, and in each found that having women in leadership roles often leads to better performance by companies.

The BPA has made great strides in becoming more progressive with their business operations. In May of this year, the BPA signed a historic protocol with the Mi’gmaq communities around the region for a Relationship and Engagement Consultation for projects being considered at the port, as it is located on unceded traditional land. Now, the BPA can add to the list, having its first ever female Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Even more, the Port announced this year that it is now shipping 24 different products, and in July 2018, broke the record for the most tonnage handled at the Port in one month. The Port is also in the works of expanding on opportunities and are working on possible projects for the site.

The newly appointed Chair, Danika Keeley, said about her recent appointment “I am fortunate to be part of a group of highly talented professionals representing the various regions of Northern New Brunswick who are working together to ensure the good governance of the Belledune Port Authority. I am thankful for this opportunity, proud to be one of the Women of Transport and honored to have been selected to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.”

For more information contact:

Denis Caron
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority

Sources used: New Chair Of The Board – ENG – MKTG – JLV.pdf

The Port of Belledune Breaks Metric Tonnage Record

Belledune, NB – The good results continue to show at the Port of Belledune this year. After reporting just last month about coming close to breaking the record of most tonnage handled in one month for June 2018, the Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is proud to announce that it has broken the record for the most tonnage handled at the Port of Belledune in a single month in July 2018!

As previously published, the metric tonnage handled in June 2018 was an impressive 346,710 MT. Surpassing this number the following month, the Port of Belledune handled a tremendous 402,172 MT in July 2018 alone and have officially broken the record for tonnage handled in one month!

The BPA has seen steady growth for several years now, and has come close to passing its record tonnage a few times in the past. Some notable months include not only June 2018, but also July 2005 with 380,007 MT handled, and June 2009 with 381,029 MT handled. Even more, the Port is now up to handling 24 products that are either exported from the Port to international markets, or are imported from various foreign countries.

Continuing on the road of success, the BPA is currently on pace to breaking another one of its records, which would be the total tonnage handled in one single year. Currently, the year with the most tonnage handled, and therefore holding the record, was in 2009, with a total of 2,627,722 MT. The reported actual tonnage handled this year from January 1st to July 31st is already at 1,534,985 MT. That is over half of the tonnage needed to surpass the established record! It is safe bet to say that the Port will either exceed the record amount this year, or will be very near to it. President & CEO Denis Caron is happy to share in the success. He has said about the Port of Belledune: “We believe it goes to show that even though our port is located in a small region, the possibilities for business opportunities are boundless. With creative minds, adaptability, and hard work from the valued employees and partners, we can continue to build on our connection to the world.”

The BPA will have a few opportunities to celebrate these great results this year. The BPA will be hosting their Family Day on September 16th for the community, and then the following week it will be hosting the Port of Belledune Annual Golf Tournament. The events will be made extra special not only due to the record breaking results, but also because this year marks the Port’s 50th anniversary. Regardless of the final results, it is believed the Port of Belledune will continue on its mission and strive to have steady and reliable business growth month after month for years to come.

For more information contact:

Denis Caron
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority
506-522-1203 July 2018 Record Month – ENG – MKTG – JLV – AUG082018 Updated by JMD Aug 8 2018.pdf

The Port of Belledune continues to see rising numbers

Belledune, NB – The Port of Belledune is having another very successful year, and that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon! The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) has compiled its data and is pleased to report that the month of June was very close to being a record breaking month in terms of tonnes of cargo handled in one single month!

The amount of cargo handled at the Port of Belledune in June was a whopping 346,710 metric tonnes! During the month of June, there were 14 vessels that called on the Port from all around the world. The BPA continues to strive for growth, and looking at the numbers, it is clearly succeeding. “Looking back in the year 2017, the month with the highest tonnage handled in one single month was in September, with 291,400 metric tonnes,” Denis Caron, President & CEO at the BPA said, “It’s great to see the numbers continuing to grow and knowing the future is still full of opportunity. Now we will be striving to beat the record to set a new standard for the best month!”

The BPA is proud of the work being done and contributes the success to valued partnerships. A large influencer on the BPA’s operations is the company and partner Eastern Canada Stevedoring. With their team of dedicated, skilled workers, and their state-of-the-art equipment, clients can trust that their cargo is well-handled. That is one of several reasons why the Port of Belledune is a top choice for shippers.

The Port can now add this moment to a year filled with reasons for celebration! Not only is the Port of Belledune celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, which is a special moment in and of itself, but the BPA will also achieve the $1,000,000 mark of funds reinvested into the region through sponsorships and donations over the past ten years.

The BPA will continue working towards growth and its role as an economic driver in northern New Brunswick; with its ability to identify opportunities and add value, the BPA is setting up for another 50 years of successful operation and the ability to give back to the community who have supported the Port all these years.

For more information contact:

Denis Caron
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority