Annual report 2019
The first International Congress on Industrial Port Research (CIRSIP) was held in Sept-Îles from May 27 to 31, 2019. The congress, which explored the theme of “Scientific Research as a Management Tool,” was presented by the Northern Institute for Research in Environment and Occupational Health and Safety (INREST), the Port of Sept-Îles, and the City of Sept-Îles. CIRSIP brought in more than 40 internationally renowned speakers who shared their knowledge with the 300 people in attendance representing 8 countries. It was a chance to learn about new technologies, management tools, solutions, and strategies for sustainable development tailored to industrial and port facilities and operations.
CHONe II Program
In the summer of 2019, CHONe II projects continued in the Côte-Nord thanks to the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network and its partners, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada and INREST (representing the Port of Sept-Îles and the City of Sept-Îles). From 2015 to 2020, 39 researchers from 11 universities and a community college and their students, as well as a number of federal research laboratories from across the nation have worked on 20 research projects. The objectives of these projects are to gain a better understanding of the influence that multiple stressors have on the northern ecosystem and to develop tools to assess the health of these ecosystems so conservation efforts can be more effective.
The Port of Sept-Îles’s environmental performance in 2019 was assessed according to Green Marine criteria. In addition to meeting invasive species criteria by giving Fisheries and Oceans Canada access to its port facilities to conduct sampling, the Port of Sept-Îles improved its average scores with regard to various performance indicators.
Authorization under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012)
Three projects were subject to an environmental impact assessment and authorization by the Port of Sept-Îles under Section 67 of the CEAA (2012): the new cruise pavilion, the new service building at the multi-user dock terminal, and the SFP Pointe-Noire drainage facilities on Port of Sept-Îles land. It should be noted that this act was amended in August 2019 to become the Impact Assessment Act (2019), and no projects have since been authorized.