A Busy Time at the Port

The Fall of 2016 has proven to be a busy season for the Port of Summerside. Since the beginning of October, there has been a ship at port almost every day. The latter part of December even provided an uncommon view of 2 ships berthed at the Port of Summerside at the same time!

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The Prince of Seas takes on a load of potatoes for shipment to Venezuela, while the Azoresborg offloads fertilizer destined for PEI farms to nourish next year’s crops.

Hill of Beans

For the first time in recent memory, Island soy beans are being shipped directly from The Summerside Port Corporation warehouse. In the past, soy beans grown by Island farmers were trucked to Halifax and shipped from there.

Approximately 12,000 tonnes of soybeans were loaded onto the cargo ship Evans Spirit to be transported to Sorel, Quebec for distribution.

A number of stages are undertaken to ship the soy beans.

The first stage is to bring the soy beans from farms to the Port warehouse. 12,000 tonnes makes for a very large hill of beans.
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The second stage is the setting up of the conveyor system which will load the soy beans into the ship’s holds. The conveyor is a very large piece of equipment which has limited mobility once set up, requiring the ship to be moved for the loading of each of its holds.
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Once the cargo ship has arrived and is moored in place, the conveyor is aligned with the ship’s hold.
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Once everything is in place, trucks bring the soy beans from the warehouse to the conveyor’s hopper at the end of the wharf.
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The hopper feeds a 2 stage conveyor which lifts the soy beans up and into the ship’s holds.
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A second shipment of a similar quantity of soy beans is planned for November.

Summeride 2015

On Friday July 24, motorcycles from far and wide began rolling into Summerside to take part in the first annual Summeride Bike Rally. The Port of Summerside played host to a number of events, from Jimmy Flynn and EDGE performing to delighted crowds in the Marine Terminal, to a display of vendors set up on Heather Moyse Drive along with a motorcycle-only parking zone.

 

While on PEI, participants in The Summeride Bike Rally took part in a great number of activities, including Coastal Rides, Stunt Demonstrations, Rat Bike Contest, Red Rock n’ Roller Derby, Tattoo Contest and of course Summerside Lobster Festival activities.

 

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With the success of this year’s event, lets hope this is the first of many Summerides to come!

A Gathering of the Chiefs

The Port of Summerside became a hub of activity and flashing lights as the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association gathered for their 101st Annual Conference.  Fire Chiefs from New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island came together to share life saving methods from one another, learn about new technologies and enjoy the sunny hospitality that the Island offers its visitors.

 

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Fire fighting vehicles and equipment on display.

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Jason Defosse and his assistant Fernando Palacios present an excellent demonstration of the capabilities and techniques of Jaws of Life equipment.

Barge So Large

Looking like a single vessel, the Tug-Barge combo “Mega-Motti” arrived at the Port of Summerside carrying its cargo of gravel, destined for Island construction projects. With gravel trucks of many colours, types and sizes coming and going, it was expected to require 30 hours for Curran & Briggs to fully offload this large shipment.

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Just imagine how long it would take for this much gravel to be brought to the Island by any other method!

BIG News

At 180 metres long the Lone Star Bulk Carrier sailed into the Summerside record books as one of the largest vessels to have berthed at the Port of Summerside this year. Towering over the Port Warehouse, the Lone Star arrived carrying a shipment of fertilizer destined to promote the growth of next year’s crops.

A steady stream of trucks arrived at the port, waiting their turns under the hoppers to be filled before moving on to make room for the next. As usual, the port crew made the process seem effortless as truck after truck received their cargo and departed to make their deliveries.

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Tall Masts & Billowing Sails

With the cloudy skies setting a mood of mystery and times long past, six tall ships sailed into Summerside Harbour this past weekend, bringing with them a visual reminder of Summerside’s origins in the sailing and shipbuilding industries.

Among the proud ships could be found a gaff rigged, square topsail schooner, the replica Pirate Ship “Liana’s Ransom“, the 110 foot (33.5 metre) brigantine “Fair Jeanne“, the Bermuda Sloop, “Spirit of Bermuda“, the schooner “Mist of Avalon“, the brigantine “St. Lawrence II“, and the schooner “Sea Change“.

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This glimpse into sea going history brought people of all ages down to the Port of Summerside for a first hand look at these magnificent ships. Adults and children alike, marvelled at the design and craftsmanship of these vessels, once used for transportation, work (and even skulduggery), now reminders of the commitment of those who dedicated their lives to riding the waves of the open seas.

Gravel Barge Ahoy!

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The Port of Summerside was abuzz recently with the arrival of a large barge filled to capacity with gravel destined for Curran and Briggs, to be used in various local projects. A steady stream of gravel trucks lined up along the wharf, each awaiting its turn to be filled. No sooner was one truck filled, when another pulled up to take its place.

This one barge loaded with gravel, towed to Summerside by tugboat, would have taken over 50 trucks travelling from New Brunswick across the Confederation Bridge. The savings in time and transportation costs were immense.

Due to careful advance planning, no traffic difficulties were experienced or created by this massive undertaking. The unloading process went smoothly and according to plan, thanks to a great work crew and accommodating weather.

Vision Revealed

Waterfront plan showcases what city could look like decades from now

  • SUMMERSIDE — The residents of Summerside got their first look at a sweeping new vision for their waterfront last night.

The initiative, spearheaded by the Summerside Port Corporation, was designed to come up with a concept plan of what Summerside could look like in 25 to 35 years. It’s a process that has been in the works for nearly a year.

More than 100 people gathered at the Loyalist Country Inn to see the plans, prepared by Ekistics Planning & Design of Halifax.

“What we want to do is start off with an ambitious plan — but it also needs to be realistic. So we’re looking at something that’s farreaching and visionary, but yet practical enough to see it realized,” said Rob LeBlanc, with Ekistics, who gave the presentation with Arnold Croken, general manager of the port corporation.

There was certainly a lot for them to talk about.

Presented at the meeting were ideas such as:

  • Closing a section of Spring Street to create a pedestrian/bike mall full of shops.
  • Building a municipal parking garage onto the back of the Holman Building, which would allow for current parking lots to be redeveloped.
  • At least one secondary marina, plus new small boat docks. A completely overhauled Holland College campus.
  • Reclaiming land for a 10,000- person capacity park and amphitheater.
  • Condos, lots of them and a commitment to keep the waterfront public in perpetuity.

There was a lot of ground covered.

Generally, the crowd seemed to like what it heard. If anyone had any negative comments they didn’t voice them during the question comment time at the end of the presentation. In fact, the people who spoke with the Journal Pioneer were excited.

Daniela Hueschling moved to Summerside from Charlottetown about seven years ago. She said she was very impressed by the presentation. “I love it. I’d like to see it started soon,” she said. I’ve always thought Summerside had great potential, a little gem on the sea, and this is exactly what I’d envisioned — I hope they’ll see it through.”

Brian McArville agreed. “I think it’s an excellent vision for the next number of years for the city of Summerside,” said McArville. “I’m not going to be around to see it, but I like seeing this vision. I think it’s more than I’ve seen in the last number of years. This is a start.”

Mayor Basil Stewart also said he likes what he saw as a first step, but said such a project would take a great deal of time and careful planning. “We’re living in a changing world — we’re working to try and get something kicked off and it’s going to take a while,” he said. “But we have to be innovative to try and push the city forward and get some growth and jobs, something that will attract young people as well as people of other ages.”

Jonathan Greenan, president of the Greater Summerside and Area Chamber of Commerce, also expressed his appreciation. “It’s certainly ambitious — if even a fraction of that comes to fruition it would be a positive thing for the City of Summerside,” he said. But he also had one major concern, one that was raised by others at the meeting as well. “Where are the people going to come from to fill this development?” he asked. “I think we need to have opportunities for people to come here before we have this kind of grand infrastructure to house them. The “Field of Dreams” ‘ build it and they will come’ philosophy doesn’t always work.”

In conclusion, Croken told the crowd that all the ideas presented were still just conceptual, with nothing written in stone. However, he said, over the coming months the port corporation would be working closely with the other non- governmental organizations in the downtown, as well as with the city government, to come up with a secondary plan for the waterfront.

This was only the first step on a long road, he said. “Probably the easiest part is done. This is simply a vision of what the community could look like. We know (the plan) is going to change. It may change entirely, it may change in part, but what this does highlight, is the opportunities that we have in Summerside.”