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April 12, 2018

Port of Sept-Iles new terminal loads first ship with China-bound ore shipment

The Port of Sept-Îles' newly equipped multiuser dock saw the arrival of its first ship on Sunday morning. After loading a shipment of 196,000 tonnes of iron ore concentrate from Quebec Iron Ore (QIO) at the new dock the MV Magnus Oldendorff will sail for Qingdao, China.

The loading of the MV Magnus Oldendorff at the Pointe-Noire terminal completes a historic milestone for the Company and the Port of Sept-Îles as it represents the first vessel loading at the brand new terminal and also marks the inauguration of the new conveyor linking the stockyard to the new terminal.

"The entire Port team has joined together to undertake this exciting new chapter in the commissioning of the largest shiploaders in North America. We expect, as is normal, that ship arrivals in April and May will enable us to fine-tune the equipment and handling systems. The same will go for training for Port employees and key partners involved in commissioning the new facility-Société ferroviaire et portuaire de Pointe-Noire (SFPPN) and Logistec Stevedoring," said Carl Allard, Asset Manager at the Port of Sept-Îles.

"Today's opening by Société du Plan Nord of the new SFPPN conveyor also provides an opportunity to stress how this vital investment will benefit users. The new link between the storage facilities and the multiuser dock will deliver access to this new world-class facility without the cost users would otherwise have to assume. Another important point is that the project has benefited from the close partnership between SFPPN and the Port. It includes a $2.4 million investment by the Port to complete the conveyor tower," said Port President & CEO Pierre D. Gagnon.

Boasting diverse, state-of-the-art facilities, the Port of Sept-Îles is one of North America's largest ore-handling ports, with a projected volume of more than 30 million tonnes for 2018.

Sources: Port of Sept-Iles, QIO