Port of Stewart
The Port of Stewart is the most northerly ice-free port located in one of the most mineral rich regions in North America.
As Canada’s most northerly ice free port, Stewart is ideally located at the end of the Portland Canal and has paved access to British Columbia and Alberta. The location provides up to a full day advantage to Asian markets over southern ports and has favourable climate, low winds, and good anchorage.
The economy of Stewart is supported by a varied range of industries including logging, mining and mining exploration and is destined to become a major port for distribution of ore and logs. Stewart offers a paved highway to major transportation routes, a salt water port which supports a barge terminal and bulk commodity loader. The Portland Canal is a mere 80-90 miles from the Pacific Ocean allowing ore and log ships to come from all over the world. Stewart also possesses an excessive amount of hydro power available for industrial use.
Minerals - Stewart is Northwest BC’s gateway to the mineral rich North West region of BC and eastern Yukon. No other BC port combines Stewart’s logistical advantages and mineral shipping facilities.
Logs - For log shipping, no other BC port combines Stewart’s nearly fresh harbour waters with deep sea shipping capabilities.
Stewart’s Transport Advantage
- Low Port Costs - Stewart has lower terminal handling costs and port charges than competing mineral shipping ports. Costly port authority fees are avoided.
- Low Cost Capacity to Expand - Stewart has the capacity to significantly expand its shipping volume of mineral concentrates. Except for distant Vancouver, Washington, USA, competing mineral concentrate ports have port congestion issues. Expansion options at competing ports are limited in capacity and will be much more costly to implement than in Stewart.
- Load Centring – Minerals ships calling at Stewart can take full cargoes in the region without calling at higher cost southern ports. Having three shippers at Stewart and cargo loading options at nearby Hawk Inlet and Skagway greatly reduce the need for a costly voyage extension to southern ports.
- Large Zone of Transport Advantage – Most of northwest BC’s mineral potential lies with a zone in which Stewart is the most advantageous export port.
- Low Ship Costs – To reach Asian buyers, Stewart has lower ship costs than southern ports. Shippers benefit from lower fuel costs and ship charter costs through shorter travel distances.
- Fast Ship Turn Around Times – Because ships are serviced as soon they arrive, and because 24 hour continuous ship loading is provided, average total vessel port time at Stewart is less than at competing ports.
- Favourable Anchorage Conditions – Ships can anchor in Stewart on good holding grounds close to ship loading areas.
- Low Salinity Benefits Log Ships – The Port of Stewart has the lowest salinity of any deep water log loading facility in BC. Located in a stored runoff inlet, the Port’s nearly fresh water allows logs to be stored ready for loading longer than in other locations.
- Favourable Climate – In spite of its high latitude, 56 degrees north, Stewart is an ice free port with a moist marine climate that allows year round port operations. High winds are rare.
- Reduced Truck Costs – Trucks shipping to Stewart are now permitted a gross vehicle weight of 72,300 kg, a 14% increase over the 63,500 kg maximum allowed on most BC roads. Fuel, labour and equipment costs per tonne of cargo are thereby reduced. All weather paved highways connect Stewart with its natural hinterland of Northwest BC and the eastern Yukon.
- Low Environmental Impact – Stewart’s existing and planned port facilities are located in areas officially designated to have “moderate” or “low” productivity habitat. Stewart’s Bear River is naturally a low productivity salmon habitat.
- Permitted Expansion Potential – Both of Stewart’s main exports, minerals and logs, have expansion space on their existing operational footprints. As a result, permitting requirements for increasing shipping volumes are modest and would not be time consuming.
Stewart Bulk Terminals
Stewart Bulk Terminals Ltd. is a privately owned and operated port.
Stewart Bulk Terminals is capable of handling 50,000 dwt ships and offers RO/RO services to barges.
A Canadian Environmental Assessment permit has been obtained and opportunities exist to expand the terminal by construction of a 1.84 hectare sheet pile wharf expansion, to increase storage space and offer ship side loading and unloading.
Stewart World Port
Stewart World Port is a Canadian company dedicated to responsible port development, management, and operations in Stewart, British Columbia. The multipurpose port facility is located at the end of the Portland Canal two kilometers south of the town of Stewart and is strategically located in one of the most mineral rich areas of North America, within the Golden Triangle.
Stewart World Port’s modern facility has been constructed to the highest environmental standards and offers the latest in loading and storage technology to ensure customer cargo is handled efficiently and effectively. The deep sea wharf is capable of berthing handymax and panamax vessels. Customers include mining, forestry, oil and gas, and project cargoes. Outbound cargoes include bulk mineral concentrates, wood chips and pellets, LNG, and coal. Inbound cargoes include mine resupply, pipe, modules, cement powder, project supply and equipment, and fuel. Combined the port has 100 acres of laydown.
The first two phases of construction were successfully completed by Arctic Construction Ltd. Phase III construction is designed including concentrate sheds, conveying systems and a shiploader. The designed shiploader offers a 3,500tph load out rate.
Stewart is ideally located at the end of the deep water Portland Canal and within one of the most resource rich areas of North America. As Canada’s most northerly ice free port, Stewart has paved access to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. The port provides companies with a viable shipping alternative, up to a day and a half advantage to Asian markets over southern ports, favourable climate, low winds, and excellent anchorage. The facility’s convenient location allows truck traffic from the port to bypass the town.
The breakbulk wharf is open and operational, accepting all manner of RORO and break bulk cargo.
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