Goderich Harbour Expansion Plans

The president of the Goderich Port Management Corporation says the completion of phase two of the Goderich Harbour expansion will make one of the busiest ports in the Great Lakes System even busier.

Roland Howe explains phase one involved improvements to the infrastructure including work on the docks, the south pier and both break walls was funded by the users of the port and the Province of Ontario.

Howe says phase two will add 15 acres of new land and two new berths for ships and is being supported largely by the province and a special fee being paid by Sifto. The total cost of the project is $48-million. Howe points out the extra storage space will allow Sifto to work year-round and store salt when the ships can’t get on the water and the multi-model aspect of the harour will allow shipping by water, rail or truck.

Howe says the environmental assessment for phase two has been submitted to the ministry and they hope to have that approved by late summer to they can start construction late this fall, with the expectation the revitalization of the harbour will not only allow existing business to expand but will attract new business to the harbour.

He adds the project will take about two years to complete.