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Why use marine shipping?

Marine transportation is the lowest cost transportation mode; it’s more fuel efficient and leaves a smaller environmental footprint. Great Lakes ships are able to carry more cargo in one trip; one seaway sized vessel with a total capacity of 30,000 tons is the equivalent of 301 rail cars or 963 trucks. Moving cargo by water instead of by rail or truck can result in less traffic congestion, reduced infrastructure costs, and less noise and pollution in surrounding communities.

How can the Port of Algoma support the regional and national economy?

The Port of Algoma will directly support the regional and national economy by optimizing the capacity, efficiency and safety of the existing transportation system. The prime location of the port can link major markets with rural and remote communities, economic opportunities, resource development and service hubs. It can increase short haul truck traffic and associate job creation. Furthermore, it significantly supports regional development and diversification along with enhancing Sault Ste. Marie’s roles as an economic service hub.

How many docks does the Port of Algoma have?

The port has 9 docks with total length of 1376 meters

What is the draft available at Port of Algoma?

We have draft ranging from 6.7 to 9.2 meters.

How does one contact the port?

Please call us at 1+ 705-945 4200. We also welcome inquiries or comments at PortOfAlgoma@essar.com or by online submission here.

Is The Port of Algoma a St. Lawrence Seaway port?

The Port of Algoma is a St. Lawrence Seaway port. It is located on one of the world’s largest inland waterways, the St. Lawrence Seaway System.

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a system of man-made channels and locks that leads from the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal to the Great Lakes. It officially opened in 1959. For more on the St. Lawrence Seaway, visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway website.

What makes the Port of Algoma a competitive player And where is it located?

Port of Algoma is strategically located on the St. Mary’s River at the tip of Lake Superior, an integral part of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. The location is a key point of connection between Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The port is situated in the heart of the North American continent on the Canada-U.S. border making it a globally competitive location that provides direct access to many international markets. This region also links major markets with rural and remote communities providing economic opportunities, resource development and service hubs.

The port has fully serviced industrial land available for development, ideally situated in proximity to existing utilities and infrastructure.The harbor facility is comprised of various docks that are used for specific commodities as well as storage areas for inbound and outbound commodities.

What major multi-modal transportation networks link to the Port of Algoma?

The port is linked to all major multi-modal transportation networks in the region such as class 1 railways (Canadian National and Canadian Pacific) and has direct access to Trans-Canada Highway 17 & the U.S. Interstate 75.

What kind of business does the Port of Algoma attract?

Key industries in our direct catchment area include integrated steel, pipe and tube and MDF manufacturers, trap rock quarries and an expansive fibre basket. Our advantaged location and our unique position for customized development is suited for cargos such as timber/wood products, containers, project cargo, aggregates, automobiles/roro, chromite and waste re-processing. The port is well equipped to handle a broad range of cargos.

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