Advanced transportation networks are key drivers to economic development, investment and job creation. All major cities in the world grew based upon adjacency to waterways and their ability to move goods and services. This still is true today as shipping via waterways continues to be the largest carrier of freight.
The Port of St. Anthony, NL on the Great Northern Peninsula is open for business and is the second largest containerized international shipping port in the province after Argentia.
- International Container Shipping
- Fishing Industry
- Cold Storage/Storage
- Offloading & Related-services
- Agency Service
The Port of St. Anthony harbor infrastructure seen the construction of new wharf facilities, expansion of the marine services and some dredging to accommodate larger vessels in the port with water depths of 9 metres.
St. Anthony Cold Storage Limited (SACSL) operates a state-of-the-art cold storage facility in excess of 50,000 sq. ft. with a capacity of 6,000 pallet positions. An additional, 15,000 square feet of dry storage space is available for packaging and any other items that companies may require for their operation.The facility, built less than ten years ago, has the highest technical standards of refrigeration and product handling equipment. Mobile racking and a power management system make this a flexible operation to meet clients needs (http://www.sacsl.ca/).
Strategically located, the Port of St. Anthony is adjacent to the shrimp fishing areas and the ideal location for landing and storage of both the offshore/inshore vessels catch. This entity helps service the four shrimp plants operating on the Great Northern Peninsula in Port au Choix, Black Duck Cove, Anchor Point and St. Anthony. Therefore the primary customers are inshore fish processors, the 65′ fleet and a number of factory freezer vessels. There is opportunity for research and development regarding the feasibility of the shrimp shell and crab biomass for proteins, catalysts or anaerobic digestion.
The Port’s primary shipping company, Eimskip is one of the world’s leading providers of reefer logistics with 100 years of operations is marking its tenth season in St. Anthony (http://eimskip.is/ca/Pages/default.aspx). There is significant opportunity to expand containerized shipping and investment potential for all stakeholders to see increased benefits.
International container shipping, reefer boats, large vessels using pallets instead of containers, factory freezer trawlers, scientific vessels, Canadian Coast Guard vessels, cruise ships, supply vessels and more than one hundred 65-footers are users throughout the season.
The region is poised to capitalize on arctic research and ocean technology given its location and key assets. A vibrant and diverse business community, post-secondary institutions, government and financial services, as well as infrastructure and property for future developments. One can experience more about what the Town of St. Anthony has to offer at http://www.town.stanthony.nf.ca/.
The Great Northern Peninsula has significant growth potential with continued investments from business, government and local users. Advancing transportation networks will be key to our future economic development.
Live Rural NL & “Let Your Spirit Soar”–Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North @MitchelmoreMHA
Conche, NL just hosted a successful week of Come Home Year events, where hundreds of Die Hard Conchers’ came back to celebrate the place they call home.
As visitors turned off to Route 434 (Conche Road) they hit a very dusty gravel road that is wearing away to the bedrock. It has been a complete failure of current and past Governments to address the need to remove this gravel road from Provincial inventory. Despite rebuilding and realignment of this road in the mid-2000’s, the current Government has not committed to completing the job of paving the highway. This is coupled with the decision-making of cutting the calcium chloride program means more dust will leave the highway, creating unsafe driving conditions. Each passing day without paving Government is not getting best value for our tax dollars. This 17.6 KM of gravel needs pavement and we’ll continue to press Government to make this a priority.
The unpaved and dusty Route 434 to Conche:
The pavement before Town that was not re-surfaced:
Last year, Government re-surfaced 5 kilometers of road through Town which is of Provincial responsibility that was announced in July 2011 that did not get complete in that fiscal year. The Great Northern Peninsula continues to see late tender announcements and work happening very late in the year or carried over. Government voted against our caucus Private Member’s Motion regarding transportation strategy http://www.nlndpcaucus.ca/nr042413VoteAgainstStrategy.
This 5 KM of Provincial road should not have required repaving, at least not in less than 4 years since it was first paved. It was actually part of a pilot project announced in June 2007 cost shared between the Town and the Department of Municipal Affairs. At the time it was a 75-25 ratio meaning the Town chipped in nearly $125,000 to see this and it’s Town roads paved using this bituminous surface treatment (BST). It was supposed to be cost-effective and prolong the life of a highway. It failed and it left the Town in crisis because it had invested 25% and was left in just a couple of years with paved roads in worse condition than a gravel road, that the Town could not maintain. To make matters worse, shortly after this investment by the Town, the Government changed it’s municipal cost-sharing agreement to a 90-10. This small Town expended a large sum of money and is left with crumbling infrastructure.
I took a some photos of a few kilometers into Town, coupled with some scenic shots. The stops were quite frequent as the lower roads are deplorable condition and it would take more time to fully document condition of all Town roads.
Brush clearing and completion of line painting must occur and be completed earlier in the year, not still pending in mid-August.
Town infrastructure is vital to rural economic growth. The re-surfacing on Conche road was needed and Government at that time should have also re-surfaced the failed pilot project for Town roads.
The Town of Conche sees thousands of tourists annually and could easily be branded as a “tourism destination” with unique scenery, the French Shore, cruise ship visits, vernacular architecture and numerous attractions. It also has an active fish plant that sees product and workers commuting over this route. Development of Conche is being stagnated due to poor road infrastructure – it’s time for change.
I welcome any investment Government will make into our Municipal and Provincial road infrastructure in the District, as there are significant needs.
We need multi-year planning and create an economic master plan. I look forward to continuing these conversations with my constituents to redefine rural Newfoundland & Labrador.
Live Rural NL –Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
- A Few Snaps of “the Beauty Spot of the North” (liveruralnl.com)
- Another Summer of Come Home Year Celebrations (liveruralnl.com)
- French Shore Historical Society adds vibrancy to Conche (liveruralnl.com)
Article taken from “The Western Shorefast Fall 2010” Newsletter:
A forum on transportation in the Great Northern Peninsula was held at the Straits Arena, St. Barbe on September 8th, 2010. The forum was planned to discuss the findings contained in a report on the possible business opportunities resulting from the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway. You can review the entire study on the Nordic Board website at www.nedc.nf.ca.
The two regional economic development boards (Economic Zone 6 and 7) on the Great Northern Peninsula, along with other partner organizations such as CBDC-Nortip, Innovation, Trade & Rural Development (INTRD), the Rural Secretariat NL, ACOA, and municipalities in the region organized this forum “for all stakeholders wishing to learn and/or have input on these emerging transportation business opportunities. The primary focus will report on the recent completion of the Trans Labrador Highway and its overall impacts on the Great Northern Peninsula as related to the road, marine and air transportation routes.”
Additionally, the forum wanted to “seek input towards developing both short and long-term strategic directions for the entire Great Northern Peninsula with respect to business development linked to transportation. Recommendations from the Forum along with the recommendations outlined in the Trans Labrador Highway Study will help shape an overall Transportation Business Development Strategy for the Great Northern Peninsula moving forward in 2010 and beyond.” The organizers sent the attendees a discussion document that spoke of opportunities to discuss: the transportation study; business opportunities and gaps; highway development, signage and webcams; high-speed Internet; emergency services and response; language services; and ferry-related topics, such as schedules, wharf improvements.
All of the presenters identified the following as major issues that will need addressing in the near future:
Impact of heavy trucking and increased traffic on existing roads
- High Speed Internet Access
- Inadequate Human Resources for service industry and tourism operations
- Highway upgrading and development
- Improved ferry service to and from Labrador, especially in winter
Several presenters spoke of the eventual need for a fixed link between Labrador and the Island, outlining proposed routes and possible costs.
The meeting concluded with an invitation from Chris Mitchelmore to prospective and existing entrepreneurs to avail of the business planning services offered through the development boards and the Community Business Development Corporation (Nortip). He encouraged entrepreneurs to work with existing networks, such as The Viking Trail Tourism Association and the Northern Peninsula Business Network.
Therefore, if our transportation networks are not up to par, we will lose our ability to be competitive in the global marketplace. It is evident that our transportation networks are failing us, especially in the rural regions. We can not continue with such neglect, as rural Canada’s infrastructure needs are continuosly eroded or the needed investments never made. Rural areas are the regions that feel the most pain because of this neglect.
MHA Fitzgerald states, “I believe as a nation we need t revisit the thinking of Canada’s first Prime Minister and share the burden of bringing the country’s transportation network into the 21st century”. I agree with the Honourable Member.
Rural regions need an advanced transportation and communications network. We must lobby governments on all levels to make such investments in the appropriate infrastructure. “Infrastructure is essential to economic diversification. and diversification is integral to sustainability. A region is best-position for survival if it has many oars in the water at once.” This is a very logical argument. Newfoundland & Labrador’s rural economies have been typically built around natural resources and one-industry towns. We have certainly experienced the devastation of boom and bust when an industry shuts down or fails us. The Cod Moratorium of 1992, Abitibi Bowater closing its Mill in Stephenville, and later Grand Falls – Windsor to name a few.
To build stronger communities, a stronger Canada – a greater focus must be placed on rural regions despite our increasingly urbanized world. If we do not focus on investing in the rural economies, as Canadians we will all suffer if we just ignore the current infrastructure challenge that is only getting worse as the days go by…
Live Rural NL – CCM