Thunder Bay Port Authority

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A big bulk carrier, off the shore of Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay Port Authority was created by the Canada Marine Act, in 1998. [1] The 19 port authorities created by the act were 19 of the 20 most economically significant ports in Canada.

The Canada Marine Act, passed in 1998 under the stewardship of David Collenette, Minister of Transport, was an act intended to modernize Canada's most important ports, and make "the system of Canadian ports competitive, efficient and commercially oriented, providing for the establishing of port authorities and the divesting of certain harbours and ports, for the commercialization of the St. Lawrence Seaway and ferry services and other matters related to maritime trade and transport and amending the Pilotage Act and amending and repealing other Acts as a consequence."

The port authority is under the supervision of Canada's Federal Minister of Transport, and is responsible for 56 kilometres (35 mi) of shoreline, 26 km2 (10 sq mi) of shore and 119 km2 (46 sq mi) of water. [2]

The current board of directors are: Greg S. Arason (the chair), Pritam Lamba, David O'Brien, Emilio Rigato and Murray Walberg. [3]

In 2012 6.5 million metric tons of cargo was shipped through the port of Thunder Bay, and in 2013 5.5 million metric tons. [4] Of the 343 vessels to visit the port in 2012, 282 were Canadian, 2 were US flagged, with 59 vessels from other nations. 207 of the 280 vessels to visit the port in 2013 were Canadian, 3 were US flagged and 70 were from other nations In both years approximately one million metric tons of cargo was either coal or potash, with almost all the remainder being grain.

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  1. "Organization Profile - Thunder Bay Port Authority". Transport Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2014-01-03. Under the 1995 National Marine Policy, 19 major Canadian ports were deemed vital to Canada's domestic and international trade. These 19 ports were designated Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) under The Canada Marine Act which received Royal Assent on June 11, 1998.
  2. "Thunder Bay Port Authority" (PDF). Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  3. "Thunder Bay Port Authority Board of Directors". Port of Thunder Bay. Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  4. "Cargo statistics update" (PDF). Thunder Bay Port Authority. December 2013. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-01-03.