Did you know that 90% of the goods you use every day are brought to you by ship?

From your toothbrush to your iPad!


The maritime industry, when blue is green!

Shipping is the greenest mode of transport currently in existence. A single medium-sized vessel can transport the same amount of cargo as 870 trucks or 225 rail cars.

The St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Trade Corridor

The St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Trade Corridor

Spanning more than 3700 km**, the St. Lawrence – Great Lakes transportation system is the gateway to North America’s industrial heartland. Shipping enables us to capitalize on the asset that the St. Lawrence River represents for Québec’s and Canada’s economic development.

Day in, day out, ships transit the St. Lawrence to supply essential products. The marine industry plays a key role in Quebeckers’ everyday lives.

St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Trade Corridor

St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Trade Corridor

Legend: The St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Trade Corridor is connected to every continent—North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania—enabling us to trade worldwide.
** Including the St. Lawrence Seaway

The Québec maritime industry is:

  • More than 5000 ships transiting the St. Lawrence each year
  • 27 000 jobs on land and at sea
  • 366 companies
  • $2.3 billion in economic spinoffs
  • $680 million in government receipts

Source: Quebec Marine Industry Economic Impact Study, SODES, 2012

Types of cargo travelling on the St. Lawrence River

The majority of ships travelling on the St. Lawrence carry cargo. The different cargo categories are often associated with a given type of ship and a specific handling technique.

Cargo types transported are:

  • Dry and liquid bulk (wheat, ore, oil and chemical products, etc.)
  • General breakbulk cargo (steel, aluminum, machinery, various types of equipment, etc.)
  • Containerized cargo (wine, fruits, electronic and computer equipment, cars, etc.)

Port statistics:

  • The Québec port network consists of 20 ports and terminals, which serve Québec as a whole.
  • The Québec port network handles an average of 110 million tonnes of cargo annually.
  • 3/4 of the goods transhipped in St. Lawrence ports are international in origin.