Concrete Products

JUL 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 47 of 107

46 • July 2017 COVER STORY BY DON MARSH LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION A plant in Quebec's fishing and farming-heavy Gaspé region positions McInnis Cement to supply company or customer terminals from Lake Michigan to the Chesapeake Bay in one to four days. Key to the pro- ducer's capacity to deliver large volumes of powder are the 240,000 mt of clinker and cement storage capacity along the Gulf of St. Law- rence shoreline, and a deep-water marine terminal equipped to load 5,000- to 60,000-mt vessels at up to 20,000 mt per day. McInnis will have its own ocean and rail fleets, starting with the NACC Quebec, a ship converted from bulk to pneumatic vessel, and new TrinityRail pressure differential cars. NACC Quebec will initially serve company terminals in Ontario and Quebec; additional bulk vessels will be assigned to Rhode Island and New York City sites. Joining the charter distribution facilities will be other terminals now in the planning or permitting phase, each within Atlantic coast reach, plus a series of rail-served, satellite properties for inland markets. All terminals are being developed to expedite cement orders and help curtail tanker truck traffic in population centers large and small—a compelling message for local officials and other stakeholders involved in permitting. Nowhere is this more evident than the Bronx, N.Y., where McInnis Cement is building a 75,000-sq.-ft. warehouse with 43,000 mt storage; three load out silos with two stations; and, equipment providing 24/7 operation, key to concrete producers and contract haulers aiming to time powder delivery when streets and thoroughfares travel best. The terminal is rising on a brownfield whose redevelopment dovetails work on the adjacent South Bronx Greenway, which is part of a New York City master plan to provide pedestrian access to New York Harbor waterfronts long off limits due to industrial sites or transportation thoroughfares. Bronx site preparation began earlier this year, months after work had commenced at the Port of Providence on the inaugural U.S. cement terminal. Scaled for 30,000 mt of cement storage, the $22 million PortProv facility will have a truck and rail station equal to loading 100 tankers and 10 railcars daily, enabling McInnis Cement to reach much of the New England market. A barge-mounted pneumatic unloader will shuttle between the Rhode Island and Bronx terminals, timed with deliveries from bulkers. Rhode Island and New York City site construction is running in tandem with work on a 36,000-mt Ste. Catherine terminal serving Montreal, western Quebec, and eastern Ontario, and equipped for rail and truck loading. A Toronto market oriented terminal in Oshawa, Ontario, is being developed at a former industrial port operation; two existing domes are being upgraded with a cement transfer system and will combine for 15,000 mt of storage. McInnis Cement officials anticipate the Ste. Catherine, Rhode Island and Oshawa terminals to begin operation later this summer, followed by the Bronx facility in 2018. The marine terminal at home base will be set for initial dispatches down the St. Lawrence and Atlantic thanks to Port-Daniel – Gascons staff meeting or surpassing clinker production and cement finishing target volumes in the first two months of kiln and vertical mill operation. AERIAL PHOTO: WG Productions, New Richmond, Quebec, for McInnis Cement Viewed from the east, above the quarry, the operation exhibits the raw material to finished cement chain (from right): primary and second crushers linked to raw feed mills and warehouse; pre-heater, kiln, clinker silos, finish mill and cement silos. A-frame warehouses (center, foreground) store kiln fuel and raw feed.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Concrete Products - JUL 2017