Summerside Port Corporation Inc. Appointments

Summerside Port Corporation Inc. is pleased to announce that Jim Bradley and Ivan Noonan have been appointed as Directors of the Corporation at its annual general meeting held on July 27, 2017, and that Arnold Croken has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective September 18, 2017.

Jim is the current CEO/General Manager of Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) and has 35 years of progressive experience in the diary processing and food distribution business. In addition to running his own successful companies, Ivan has significant general management experience in the potato industry. The new Directors will use their extensive business experience and expertise in directing the future of the Corporation.

Arnold has extensive experience in the management of regional economic development and in his private business operations. He has been the Corporation’s President and Chair of the Board since the port was transferred from the Federal Government, and prior to that he played a leading role in the negotiations for the port transfer to the Summerside Port Corporation Inc. Arnold will now be overseeing the day to day operations of the Corporation and will be replacing David Bellefontaine who had been working with the Corporation since the facilities were divested to the Summerside Port Corporation Inc. in 2010.

The Summerside Port Corporation is comprised of seven members representing the commercial and recreational users of the facility. The Corporation evolved as part of the Port Divestiture Program of Transport Canada in 2010. The Summerside Port Corporation Inc. now owns and operates the Port and is a not-for-profit corporation established to manage and control the Port of Summerside and to enhance the economic benefits to the region.

The new Officers of the Corporation have also been named; Terry Murphy is the President and Chair of the Board; Jim Bradley is Vice-President and Steve MacFarlane is Secretary-Treasurer. The other Directors are Earle Smith, John MacDonald, Robert Ashley, and Ivan Noonan.

The Corporation submits an audited financial certification to the Federal Government on an annual basis to confirm that the funds received by the Corporation from the Federal Government continue to be used for the intended purpose of the port transfer which became effective on February 19, 2010. The Corporation continues to work towards self sustainability prior to the end of its twenty-five-year funding agreement.

September 19, 2017

For further Information Contact
Terry Murphy
murphygterry@gmail.com
(902) 432 – 2498

Wet & Wild on the Waterfront

Laughter fills the air at the Port of Summerside as families line up to take the challenge of the new Off the Wallz Splash Park floating obstacle course.

Inflatable climbing walls, trampolines, ladders, slides and more provide tons of fun for all who try. Getting wet is a big part of the fun as parents, teens and children climb, jump, bounce and slide their way around the colourful air-filled structures!

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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