The Windsor Port Authority is a Federal agency which was incorporated under the provisions of the Canada Marine Act along with 17 of the other largest ports in Canada. Of these ports, Windsor ranks in the top twelve in terms of total cargo volume with between 5-6 million tonnes of cargo handled annually through its twelve marine terminals.
The two major commodities handled through the port are salt and construction aggregates. Salt is mined and shipped out of the K+S Windsor Salt, Ojibway dock, which handles between 1.5-2.5 million tonnes of product per year. Stone and construction aggregates, which also average between 1.5 and 2.5 million tonnes annually are shipped through six terminals across the city; LafargeHolcim, Southwestern Sales Corporation Limited (east and west docks), Miller Aggregates Southwest, Coco Group, and CBM/St. Mary’s Cement. These commodities are utilized in the local construction industry and the port’s ability to handle large volumes efficiently and economically has played a critical role in the construction of two major infrastructure projects in recent years: – the 14km long Hon. Herb Grey Parkway which will link Highway 401 to the new Gordie Howe International Bridge and the 100 acre customs and truck plaza which will service the new bridge.
Petroleum products are shipped through the Sterling Fuels Marine dock which is owned by the Port Authority and operated by McAsphalt Industries Inc. The facility provides liquid asphalt to the local road construction industry and handles over 70,000 tonnes annually. In addition, the facility offers ship fueling services to both foreign and Great Lakes vessels and fuels an average of 450 ships in a typical year.
Morterm Ltd. is the port’s only full service general cargo facility and handles a variety of products – all forms of steel including coil, beams, and rods; project cargo such as wind turbine parts; and bulk products such as raw sugar. The facility also offers over 150,000 sqft of indoor warehouse space on its 90 acre site.
ADM Agri-Industries is one of the world’s largest grain traders and has operated the Windsor Grain Terminal for over 25 years. The facility provides world-wide export capability for local grain farmers and in addition processes seed oils at the crushing facility which is adjacent to the grain terminal.
The port is a major contributor to the economic vibrancy of the region generating over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs and injecting over $200 million annually into the local economy. The port has seen significant growth and development in recent years and offers numerous advantages to both shippers and potential new terminal operators – an ideal location at the approximate mid-point of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System; modern, efficient and economical terminal operations; and the lowest port fees and rental rates of any of the major Canadian ports.
The Port of Windsor – your smart choice for moving marine cargo in the Great Lakes!