The Société du parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour — SPIPB — is known for its strategic location on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Bécancour, midway between Québec and Montréal. Aiming to be a world-renowned leader in the accommodation of investments and the development of responsible industrial and port activities, the SPIPB promotes the economic development of the province of Quebec by developing and operating an auto-financed industrial park and port facilities.
The SPIPB is mandated by the Quebec government and the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation to be in charge of the enforcement of its incorporating Act. It has the objective to promote the establishment of new companies and to provide the infra structure needed to the implementation of significant scope companies.
Emphasizing its values to offer high grade customer services, sustainable development and environmental protection, partnerships and commitment to excellent, the SPIPB articulates to support to the implementation of new companies and existing ones regarding construction, environmental standards and rules, site selection, technical data and information related to business assistance programs, work force, transportation and demography.
It also provides services related to the implementation of the business, maintenance and operation of the port facilities, buildings and industrial park infrastructure (road, aqueduct, sewer and industrial water networks).
The Port of Bécancour has recently refined its strategic planning, thus to strengthen its position of world class logistic hub. Currently working on expansion projects, artificial intelligence implantation for port entry logistic and on the efficiency of all its intermodal services, the SPIPB has developed ways to response to the growing demand for the use of its port infrastructures with a concern for sustainable development.
As a major industrial park, the SPIPB builds and maintains its own road network meeting the special heavy transportation standards. Moreover, highway 30 passes through the Industrial Park and junctions with highways 20, 40 and 55 thus linking Montreal and Quebec City. These multi-lane highways provide access to the whole North American road network. From a marine perspective, the Port of Bécancour is accessible and functional year round. It can be accessed by ship requiring 35 feet (10.67 metres) of water depth. In addition to its jetty, divided into five berths for a total of 1,130m including a Ro-Ro ramp, port facilities provide 175,000m² of available storage space. Many other maritime services are available like unloading, towing, customs, marine agency, potable water, electricity and communications.
The SPIPB is also serviced by the Canadian National (CN) railway network which allows the merchandises to cross the continent from east to west, and from north to south. It gives access to the ports on the Atlantic Coast as well as the Pacific Coast. It is also linked to the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railway network which provides access to Mexico.
The photograph above shows the CSL Laurentien discharging canola from the Port of Thunder Bay at Bécancour. This is a regular occurrence for the Viterra Canola and soybean processing and refining plant, located a stone’s throw away from the Port. The Viterra plant can also be seen in the picture (to the right of the two ponds). The Pacific Activity bulker can also be seen in the background of the image discharging alumina.
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