Proposals Sought to Operate Container Terminal



    SAINT JOHN, NB, March 16 /CNW/ - The Saint John Port Authority announced
today that it will be inviting proposals from stevedoring companies, terminal
operators and other interested parties for a long term operating agreement for
the Rodney Container Terminal located at the Port of Saint John,
New Brunswick. The existing operating agreement expires December 31, 2007.
    The Terminal is comprised of 14 hectares(36 acres) of open space, two
deep water berths, two gantry cranes and other terminal equipment, efficient
on dock rail and truck access to the Trans Canada Highway within 100 kms of
the United States border crossing at Calais, Maine.
    Saint John Port Authority is aggressively pursing opportunities to
further develop container services using the Port of Saint John.
    By focusing on its unique niche capabilities and opportunities, and its
central location in the region, the Port of Saint John is being promoted as
the Atlantic Canadian centre of marine activity linking North America to the
world. In achievement of this vision, Saint John Port Authority intends to
heighten awareness of and promote the Port both nationally and
internationally.
    The port is ideally situated for trade in the north/south corridor and is
also accessible to trans-Atlantic trade. In addition to these advantages, the
Saint John area is experiencing a surge in major industrial development, which
is either currently under construction or in the planning stages. The Port of
Saint John expects to benefit from this industrial growth in break bulk cargo
and container activities. "The location of the Port of Saint John, its
productive labour force, and fully equipped terminals, already create a real
advantage to shippers and shipping lines which transport goods to/from the
Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, and numerous destinations worldwide" said
Captain Alwyn Soppitt, President & CEO of the Saint John Port Authority. "A
strategic location is one of the most important factors for shipping lines
calling at Canadian ports and we want to grow the existing business through
the opportunity this new operating agreement will provide," Soppitt added.
    Todd Stephen, Chair of the Saint John Port Authority, says "This is a
unique opportunity for the Port of Saint John to showcase our facilities to
the world and to create a long term relationship with a successful operator
who will bring more business to the Port thereby creating more waterfront jobs
and contributing to the economy of the region."
    Advertisements will appear in selected newspapers over the next week and
on the Port Authority's web site at www.sjport.com. Proposals will be received
until April 30th after which time the proposals will be evaluated and a
proponent selected to begin negotiations toward a new terminal operating
agreement.

    The Port of Saint John, New Brunswick's largest and most diverse marine
gateway, is a bulk and break bulk port with the capacity to handle containers
and is the second busiest port of call for cruise ships operating in Atlantic
Canada.
    The Port is a commercially viable, self-sufficient business enterprise
and a cornerstone of the local economy. It is a critical component of the
region's transportation infrastructure essential to many of New Brunswick's
major industries engaged in international trade and provides deep-water,   
ice-free access to shipping year round.




For further information:

For further information: Captain Alwyn G. Soppitt, President & CEO,
Saint John Port Authority, (506) 636-5377, asoppitt@sjport.com

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