Discover the Port of Québec

The Port of Québec is strategically located to best serve North America’s industrial and agricultural heartland. On a daily basis, cargo ships from or bound for some fifty countries call at the Port to connect the Great Lakes and Midwestern U.S. markets to the rest of the world. As a cornerstone for the transshipment of solid and liquid bulk cargo along the St. Lawrence, the Port is part of the supply chains of the steel, mining, agri-food, and energy sectors.
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Beauport Sector

90 hectares of landscaped area

Main activity sectors:

  • Chemicals
  • Mines and metals
  • Steel
  • Recycling
  • Energy
  • Construction

Port terminals:

  • ASL (QSL division) operating Vale Inco and AIM terminals
  • Béton Provincial
  • IMTT
  • Glencore
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Wharf Length Depth (low tide) (M) Height (M) Surface (M) Open-Air Terminal (M2) Deck (M) Activities
50 300 12 - - 16 000 12.2 Dry and liquid bulk
51 235 12.5 - - 34 000 12.2 Dry and liquid bulk
52 260 12.5 - - 39 000 12.2 Dry and liquid bulk
53 325 15 29 4180 47 000 12.2 Dry and liquid bulk

Estuary Sector

75 hectares of landscape area

Main activity sectors:

  • Agri-food
  • Construction
  • Maritime services and ship repairs
  • Various merchandise and special cargo
  • Marina

Port terminals:

  • G3 Terminal
  • Béton Provincial
  • Groupe Océan
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Wharf Length Depth (low tide) (M) Height (M) Surface (M) Open-Air Terminal (M2) Deck (M) Activities
4 240 3.8/5.4 - - - 10 Marina and cruises excursions
5 180 5.1/5.6 - - - 12 Marina and cruises excursions
14 178 7 - - - 5 Services wharf
17 210 7.5 - - - 7.6 Services wharf
18 240.8 11 - - - 7.6 Grain unloading
20 342 7.5 - - 8,000 12.2 Small repairs/wint.
24 167.6 10 - - - 9.1 Services wharf
25 222.5 10.7 - - - 9.1 General cargo
26 240.8 11 5 7,290 - 10 General cargo
27 293.2 12 7 11,220 9,300 22.2 General cargo Ro-Ro
28 277.4 12 - - - 6.7 Grain unloading
29 304.8 11.3 5 7.925 - 11.3 Grain unloading and general cargo
30 224 10 - - 13,570 10 Grain unloading
31 224 8 - - 19,220 8 Services wharf
4647 415 6.7 - - 4,500 6.7 Forestry and grain products/private wharves

Anse au foulon Sector

53 hectares

Supply of feed crops, agricultural and industrial fertilizer, de-icing salt, dolomite and limestone.

Main activity sectors:

  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Agri-food
  • Construction
  • Transportation

Port terminals:

  • QSL (general cargo and dry bulk)
  • Sollio Agriculture
  • Midatlantic Minerals
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Wharf Length Depth (low tide) (M) Height (M) Surface (M) Open-Air Terminal (M2) Deck (M) Activities
101 198.1 11.3 6 13,840 8,800 13.7 General cargo
102 134.1 11.3 - - 4,000 12.2 General cargo
103 210.9 12 - - 9,900 6 General cargo/Miscellanous
104 210.9 10.3 - - 18,500 6 General cargo
105 195.4 11.3 - - 17,140 12.2 General cargo
106 195.4 11.3 - - 19,170 12.2 General cargo/Miscellanous
107 173.1 11.3 - - 11,550 6 Dry bulk
108 180.1 11.3 - - - 6 Dry bulk

South Shore Sector

Major maritime and harbour installations are found along the St. Lawrence on Quebec City's south shore in Lévis.

Main activity sectors:

  • Wharf for the Valero Energy refinery
  • Chantier Davie
  • La Société des traversiers du Québec

The Port of Québec: an ideal partner for your business projects.

Top 5 canadian ports

With an average of nearly 30 million tonnes handled per year, the Port of Québec maintains trade relations with businesses and shipowners located in approximately 50 countries.

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Port of Québec capacity: 150 000 tons

Our natural 15m water depth at low tide, allows the post to welcome post-panamax and capezise class ships. This strategic advantage means that shippers having merchandise transiting through the port can benefit from economies of scales made possible by volume merchandise shipping.

A strategic location

As the last deep-water port before the Great Lakes (15 m deep at low tide), the Port of Québec is the gateway to the industrial and agricultural heart of North America.

This water depth allows for the transshipment of cargo between deep-draft vessels and smaller vessels able to travel upriver into the Great Lakes, a market serving more than 100 million people. Located in the heart of North America 1,300 kilometers from the Atlantic, the Port provides access to the large market of the U.S. Midwest.

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15m water depth

15m water depth at low tide—a key strategic advantage.

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Complete intermodality

Every day, the Port of Québec operates a complete intermodal transportation network without any congestion.

  • Provides access to major national railway networks: CN. Provides access to regional railway networks: Québec-Gatineau and Charlevoix.
  • Provides direct access to North America’s continental road network.
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We master winter

The Port of Québec and its terminal operate all year long, day and night. Vessels can continuously tranship their cargo and benefit from the Port of Québec’s multimodal transport network.

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Complete maritime services

The Port of Québec offers high quality maritime and harbour services.

  • Shipping agents, customs brokers and forwarding agents
  • Inspection and classifications companies
  • Shipbuilding and ship repairs
  • CN, CP, Québec-Gatineau and Charlevoix rail networks
  • Short-and long-haul trucking
  • Water services and electricity at each dock
  • Mobile cranes with a capacity of up to 440 metric tonnes
  • Multiple tugs providing up to 6.500 b.h.p.
  • Bunkering
  • Marine engineering, refloating, wreckage retrieval
  • 1.000 ships per year
  • 25M tonnes transhipped per year

Canadian Coast Guard

  • Navigation assistance
  • De-icing, escort and flood-prevention services
  • Communications and marine traffic services
  • Search and rescue
  • Environmental action
  • Shipping fleets, hovercraft and helicopters

Corporations of Lower St. Lawrence and Central St. Lawrence Pilots

  • Mandatory pilotage service for vessels travelling upriver between Les Escoumins and Quebec City
  • Mandatory pilotage service for vessels travelling down river between Trois-Rivières and Quebec City

QPA harbour services

Service 24/7

Development of a deep-water container terminal

Dedicated exclusively to container transshipment, the terminal represents a new strategic offer serving the heart of America.

For the Quebec City area and the entire St. Lawrence River, this promising project could potentially create a new international economic hub geared toward logistics, distribution centers, and new businesses.

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Container terminal capacity


  • Ships with a capacity of more than 8K TEUs
  • 500K TEU capacity


  • 610 metres of wharf
  • 17.5 hectares of terminal land
  • 16-metre water depth at low tide


  • An intermodal network: access to rail and road networks
  • Land available nearby
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Access to the Great Lakes and Midwestern U.S. market

  • Hinterland - 103 M
  • Regional - 22.3 M
  • Local - 8.3 M
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A structured project

The Port of Québec has taken a structured approach for years to ensure its project is on firm footing by enlisting specialized, internationally recognized firms to conduct exhaustive market and logistics studies.

Steps completed

  • Plan and specifications, SNC-Lavalin 2014
  • Environmental studies, Englobe (ongoing)
  • Two development opportunity studies, CPCS 2015
  • Terminal fluidity and capacity study, Advisian 2016
  • Market study, Advisian 2016
  • Commercial deployment study, Mercator 2017
  • Prefeasibility study, Stantec 2018

A responsible and sustainable project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is responsible for conducting environmental assessments of the project. The project, which has been registered with the CEAA since August 2015, has completed multiple stages in the assessment process.

The Port is committed to the environment and sustainable development, and has already carried out more than 80 environmental studies to evaluate the container terminal project. These studies have focused on various environmental concerns, including the biological, human, and physical environment.

Biological environment

  • Terrestrial environments and vegetation
  • Wetlands, beaches, and riparian environments and vegetation
  • Terrestrial wildlife and habitats
  • Birds and their habitats

Human environment

  • Protected areas
  • Waterways
  • Health conditions
  • Drinking water
  • Visual environment and landscape
  • Natural heritage

Physical environment

  • Air quality
  • Noise environment
  • Nocturnal light environment

Growth on the St. Lawrence

With its interior-continental location, deep water, efficient road and rail connections, and logistical access to the Great Lakes, the Quebec City container terminal has what it takes to provide international shippers with a competitive offer and make Canada more competitive on the Atlantic seaboard for its export markets.

Advisory comittee

The Port has set upan advisory committee of international experts to guide itin its approach:

  • Don Krusel, former CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority
  • David Cardin, former CEO, Maersk Canada
  • Peter Ladouceur, Former Executive at CN
  • Steve Rothberg, Partner at Mercator international

International network

The container terminal project will help raise Quebec City’s profile around the world. The construction of a deep-water container terminal is part of the Port of Québec’s mission to become an international hub building on its rich maritime history. Ever-increasing ship capacities have led to major changes in maritime shipping routes and logistics. Quebec City is fully equipped to become as important a hub for container transshipment in the Great Lakes markets as it currently is for bulk shipping.

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Economic benefits and jobs

Container Terminal Project
Economic benefitsJob creation
$287 million2.710 jobs
Estimation of the annual economic benefits and direct, indirect and induced jobs of the container terminal project (KPMG 2017)