Saint John NB is the largest port city in New Brunswick, Canada. It is known widely as the Fundy City because of its location on the north shore of Bay of Fundy, at the mouth of Saint John River. St John NB is Canada’s 3rd largest cargo port by tonnage and has terminals to handle various types of cargo shipping vessels, including dry-, liquid- and break bulk carriers and container ships). The city has population around 70,000 and covers a total area of 316 km2 (122 ml2). Its metro area is over 3360 km2 (1300 ml2) with population around 128,000.
St John NB has a long shipbuilding history at city's dry dock which is one of the world's largest. Until the first decade of the 21st century, the largest shipyard in Canada, Irving Shipbuilding, was an important employer. During the 1980s-1990s the shipyard built for the Canadian Navy 9 of 12 Halifax-class multi-purpose patrol frigates. However, it failed to buckle to Union pressure and stopped production.
Prior to the opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway during the late 1950s, Port St John functioned as winter port for Montreal when shipping was unable to traverse sea ice in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and Saint Lawrence River. In 1889 the Canadian Pacific Railway opened a line from Montreal to St John across the state of Maine and the majority of its trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo shipping was transferred to the port during winter months. The port fell into decline after the seaway opening and the beginning of year-round icebreaker services during the 1960s. In 1994 the Canadian Pacific Railway left Saint John when it sold the line to New Brunswick Southern Railway.
As the city moves away from industrial past, today it begins to capitalize on other new growing economies of tourism, having more than 1.5 million visitors per year and 200,000 cruise ship passengers per year, creating a renaissance in city's historic downtown ("uptown") with plenty of small businesses moving in and waterfront developments underway like the Fundy Quay being hotel, office, condo space along with Three Sisters Harbour front condos and Saint John Law Courts.
- St John port's 29th cruise season (2017) started on April 27 with the arrival of the Holland America ship MS Veendam. The season ended on November 1, with a total 66 ships with scheduled calls, approx 144,000 cruise passengers and 57,700 crew. This was an USD 25 million boost to the New Brunswick state’s economy.
- Season 2017 featured 12 double cruise ship days (Sept 5, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, Oct 5, 10, 16, 18, 19), 4 triple (Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 17), 1 inaugural visit (RCI's Vision of the Seas) and 2 Disney Magic ship visits (Sept 30, Oct 4). One of the world's largest passenger ships - Anthem of the Seas (the port's largest to date) had 4 scheduled 2017 visits (Sept 5, 19, Oct 5, 19).
Highlights: Victorian town, Bay of Fundy
Saint John cruise terminal
In August 2015 was announced that Port St John NB will start dredging / deepening of the harbor. The 7-year project was funded with USD 205 million via 3-way funding partnership. It included major works at West Side's cargo facilities and piers and dredging of the port's main channel.
- The main channel was deepened with 1.6 m (to 10 m), which allowed access and docking of larger-sized cruise ships.
- The deeper channel also ensures the port's ability to accommodate cruise vessels during both low and high tides. No longer reliant on tides, cruise ship companies now can lengthen port times.
The Saint John cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
If you lose the Saint John location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Saint John cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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