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Port Saint John NB is New Brunswick Canada's largest port city, Canada's 4th busiest cruise port and also the country's 3rd largest cargo port by shipping volume (dry-liquid-break bulk carriers and container ships). It is known widely as the "Fundy City" because of its location on the north shore of Bay of Fundy, at the mouth of St John River. The city has population around 70,000 (metro over 128,000).
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.
Port Saint John NB
Saint John is ranked Canada’s 3rd largest seaport by cargo tonnage. Its main businesses are bulk cargoes (dry-, liquid- and break), TEU containers (via boxships) and cruise passenger shipping.
St John NB has a long shipbuilding history at city's dry-dock (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.
- Cruising season runs from April through November. Port's cruise business represents nearly USD 50 million annual boost to state’s economy, according to a 2016 conducted economic impact study. Of the total impact, USD 21,5 million was direct spending (by cruise companies on services, and passengers and crew ashore) and USD 12,5 million in personal income. The cruise port generated 298 direct local jobs.
- In 2016, the cruise port handled a total of 63 ship calls and 143,926 passengers plus 59,003 crew. The total impact to the NB's economy was USD 41,5 million.
- During season 2017, the port had scheduled a total 64 calls and handled 208,818 cruise ship tourists, of which 147,736 passengers and 61,082 crew. This was an increase of 3% (over 2016) and USD 49,9 million impact to the New Brunswick state’s economy (an increase of 20% over 2016). The total impact included USD 21,5 million in direct spending and USD 12,5 million in personal income, plus 298 direct jobs.
- In 2017, the port had 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), 2 inaugural visits (RCI's Vision of the Seas and TUI's Mein Schiff 6) and 2 Disney Magic visits (Sept 30, Oct 4). One of the world's largest passenger ships - Anthem of the Seas (the port's largest vessel to date) had 4 scheduled visits (Sept 5, 19, Oct 5, 19).
- In 2018 (celebrating its 30th cruise season) Port St John NB's schedule (May 1 through November 2) included a total of 75 ship calls with approx 176,000 passengers plus 70,000 crew. This represented a increase of 19% (passengers) and 13% (cruise ship calls) over 2017.
- Season 2018's highlights were 14 double ship days, 2 triple ship days, 5 maiden port calls (Asuka 2, Hebridean Sky, Adventure of the Seas, AIDAvita, Norwegian Escape) and 5 new to the port cruise lines (NYK Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Noble Caledonia, Pearl Seas).
Saint John cruise terminal
In August 2015 was announced that Port St John NB will start dredging / deepening of the harbour. The 7-year project (scheduled completion in 2022) was funded with USD 205 million and included major works at West Side's cargo ship facilities and piers, as well as dredging of the port's main navigation channel.
- The main channel was deepened with 1.6 m (to 10 m / 33 ft), 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 companies now can lengthen their ships' port times.
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.
|20 May, 2020|
|Grandeur Of The Seas||11:00||21:00|
|21 May, 2020|
|22 May, 2020|
|22 May, 2020|
|Empress Of The Seas||07:00||14:00|
|23 May, 2020|
- Cruise Industry
When cruise industry started in Port Saint John (NB Canada) more than 30 years ago, the port city only hosted about 550 passengers. 30 years later...May 1, 2018
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