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Abitibi-Témiscamingue and marine transportation



Other than for recreational purposes, transportation by water (marine transportation) is not recognized as an economic avenue in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.


However, it should not be neglected that Val-d’Or was historically supplied by boat from Amos (S.S. Siscoe and S.S. Sullivan) in its early years. Témiscamingue also knew the glory hours of the log drive and its tugs (T.E. Draper). Our waterways were once important players in our economic survival.

Today, marine transportation still has a strategic place in our businesses. Because of a more global economy, it is no longer intra-regional but a tool for exporting to the “Nordic” regions and world-wide.


Our mining companies, our construction companies and their suppliers use the sea to ship commodities, goods, materials, equipment, vehicles and others to strategic operational sites. They use containers, boxes and pallets to concentrate and optimize shipments.

Some businesses prepare their shipments in the region for delivery to various ports in Quebec. Others ship to consolidation warehouses that ensure the logistics of the loads to the right port. The main shipping points are Valleyfield, Montreal, Sorel, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City and in some northern communities (Chisasibi).

Transportation is carried out by towed barges or by high-tonnage vessels. Thousands of tons of merchandise and equipment leave our region for localities and operational sites where our companies are major players. Whether in the Canadian North, in Africa, in South America, or in any other territory, our mining and forestry knowledge opens up promising markets.

For Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the shipping of goods by water represents a “discreet” but significant contribution to our economy. It allows our companies to work at lower costs in remote territories that have an interesting development potential for our local economy.

These transportation activities are part of our northern and international expertise. They are part of the intermodal logistics models in which we are becoming more and more efficient. This logistics combines road, air, rail and sea routes in order to occupy and grow, from our region, territories with a promising future.


  • Jean-Yve Poitras, commissaire industriel