Wednesday April 20 2016 – Preparatory work for the construction of Terminal 13 has been progressing rapidly since the beginning of March. This week, work began on the pilings for the facade of Dock 13. Construction work on Terminal 13 includes rebuilding Dock 13, consolidating Dock 14 and constructing the storage area located alongside these docks, and the roads and train tracks that provide access to these facilities designated as Terminal 13.Its surface area will be approximately 23,500 square metres (5.81 acres).

A New Terminal for January 2017

This project also required the construction of sheds 16, 24 and 25 to replace Shed 13, which had reached the end of its useful life and had to be torn down to make room for the new terminal. It will have necessitated 35 million dollars in infrastructure investments, financed by the Government of Canada (16.2 million) and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (19 million). Furthermore, approximately 15 million dollars from the private sector will be added for handling equipment.

“Terminal 13 is the final component of the On Course for 2020 plan that the Port of Trois-Rivières will have completed three years ahead of schedule. This work will increase the Port’s outside dock storage by 40%, but above all it will give companies better access to overseas markets and contribute to job creation in the region,” proudly states Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières.

Major Work for the Region

Terminal 13 is part of the Port’s multi-purpose area, which also includes docks 10 and 11, sheds 9, 10 and 11, and lots 10 and 11. Major investments were made in this area during Phase I of On Course for 2020. The construction of Terminal 13 will complete this area and greatly improve its productivity. Old Shed 13 will be replaced by a modern outdoor storage area with a strong load-bearing capacity.

Docks That Will Make the Port of Trois-Rivières More Competitive

“The docks used for the merchant ships have a lifespan of more than 50 years, so it is not often that we can watch them being built. The last major work dates back to 2005, when docks 19 and 20, on the west side of the elevators, were rebuilt. Old Dock 13 dates back to the 1930s and was recently condemned due to its poor condition. This was a major loss for port users and the region. We are pleased to return it to its full capacity and provide additional infrastructures that far better meet shippers’ current requirements. The new dock will have a depth of 11 m, while the other docks have a depth of 10.7 m. This new depth gives us a privileged position for accommodating ships that require a greater draught.” states Michel Parent, Operations Manager.

Pomerleau began preparing the site in November, upon being awarded the contract. In coming weeks, the work will focus on installing the dock facade pilings. “Ninety-nine pilings measuring 29.4 metres and 234 sheet piles will be installed in the coming days,” states Mr. Parent. Dynamic compaction work will begin in May and last about two months. 


One of 18 Canadian Port Authorities, the Port of Trois-Rivières has been in operation for 130 years and offers a broad range of facilities and services to the maritime industry. It plays an important role in regional, national and international economic development for major industrial sectors such as the aluminum, forestry and agri-food industries.

Every year, the Port of Trois-Rivières handles 55,000 trucks, 11,000 freight cars and over 200 merchant and cruise ships from around 100 ports in over 40 countries throughout the world. It handles over 3 million metric tons and generates close to 1,000 direct jobs.

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Virginie Deschambeault

Director of Communications

Trois-Rivières Port Authority

Office: 819 378-2887, ext. 207

Cellular: 819 244-8888

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