GRANDE-ANSE MARINE TERMINAL
Located at La Baie, Grande-Anse Marine Terminal was originally built as a forest product terminal. The recent diversification program has transformed it into a general-cargo terminal. The tonnage handled consists primarily of wood pulp, paper, de-icing salt, caustic soda, liquid tar and general cargo. Its isolation from the urban area makes it a popular site for the location of major industries. Construction of this facility began on May 1, 1984, the first vessel tied up on November 25, 1985 and the facilities were officially opened in October 1986. The wharf was officially named the Quai-Marcel-Dionne at the naming ceremony held on August 27, 2004 to honour the memory of Marcel Dionne.
On June 30, 2004, the Grande-Anse Marine Terminal received a statement of compliance for a port facility under the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code, which allows the Terminal to receive vessels coming from abroad.
On the Saguenay River, about fifty-four nautical miles from the junction of the Saguenay and the St.-Lawrence Rivers.
Latitude : 48º24,1 N
Longitude : 70º49,9 O
General Cargo Terminal
- Wharf length: 286 m. (939 f.) two berths available
- Depth: 13,8 m. (45 f. 2 i.) at mean low water tide
- Berthing capacity: Vessels of more than 100 000 deadweight tons
- Navigation period: year-round
- Shed I:
- length: 127 m. (416 f.)
- width: 45 m. (148 f.)
- area: 5 715 m.² (61 568 f.²)
- Shed II :
- length: 110 m. (361 f.)
- width: 67 m. (220 f.)
- area: 7 382 m.2 (79 434 f.2)
- Open storage: 685 ha
- Storage tanks: 17 019 m.3 / 5 units (Servitank's and Fonbrai's property)
Currents near the wharf are moderate and vary with the state of the tide.
An icebreaker is available to escort vessels upstream and downstream when ice conditions are unfavourable for commercial navigation.
The Saguenay is approximately 2 000 m. wide from the face of the wharf to the opposite shoreline. This space allows for the movement of large ships of large .
There is an anchorage spot on the river's morth side, upstream of the wharf.
The particular topography of the site offers good protection against prevailing winds originating from the west, south and east.