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Transport Canada allocates funds for Port of Thunder Bay upgrades

The Ontario port is served by CPKC and CN, and operates an intermodal yard with a 200-car marshalling yard.
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Transport Canada last week announced plans to provide up to CA$6.7 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund for two projects designed to boost capacity at the Port of Thunder Bay in Ontario.

The Canadian government will provide up to CA$3.7 million to upgrade the wharf at Keefer Terminal; expand the terminal's cargo laydown area; develop electrical infrastructure for the new laydown area; and improve grade crossing infrastructure between Keefer Terminal and the port’s marshalling yard.

Served by Canadian Pacific Kansas City and CN, the port features on-dock rail capabilities and operates an intermodal yard with a 200-car marshalling yard.

The government also will allocate up to CA$3 million to help the port redevelop its marshalling yard at the Keefer Terminal. The project calls for installing heavyweight track and switches to increase the port's cargo-handling capabilities, open more opportunities to attract new markets and improve supply-chain fluidity, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.

The two projects will help grow the northern Ontario economy by supporting various industries and commodities, including grain, potash, steel, wind-turbine components, transformers and phosphate fertilizers, they said.

“Strategically located as the furthest inland port in Canada, this premiere intermodal facility is a vital supply-chain link for international imports of breakbulk, project cargo and bulk,” said Port of Thunder Bay CEO Chris Heikkinen.

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