PT Announcements


FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE:

All parties reach settlement in Picton Terminals litigation

Picton, Ontario - October 24, 2019 - The County of Prince Edward, Save Picton Bay and Picton Terminals are pleased to jointly announce that they have come to a settlement in all litigation related to Picton Terminals’ property at 24 White Chapel Road in Prince Edward County (formerly 62 White Chapel Road), just east of Picton. As part of the settlement, Save Picton Bay will abandon its current appeal of the 2018 judgment of The Honourable Justice Tausendfreund and will discontinue a court application against the County and its solicitors. Each party has agreed that it will not seek costs from the other parties. Picton Terminals has also agreed that it will not pursue its previously awarded legal costs from Save Picton Bay related to the court proceedings as ordered by Justice Tausendfreund. Save Picton Bay, and the corporation’s officers and directors, have also confirmed that they will not participate in or appeal any decision of the County related to Picton Terminals’ current application for re-zoning of its property, which will proceed through the normal public planning process. Addressing concerns raised by Save Picton Bay in the settlement discussions, Picton Terminals has agreed it will not use its property for the import, export or storage of liquid fertilizer and will not seek to amend the re-zoning application currently before the County in order to re-classify the property for use as a Waste Disposal Industrial (MD) Zone as defined by County’s current Zoning By-law.

Owner and operator of Picton Terminals, Ben Doornekamp states:

"I think this is great news for all involved as it allows Picton Terminals to move forward with its plans to make the port into a vibrant economic contributor to the County. We look forward to working with the County on the application for re-zoning to establish greater certainty about the nature of the port’s operations."

Brian Etherington, President of Save Picton Bay states:

"This positive resolution reflects the importance of the active involvement of citizens. The volunteer leadership and supporters of SPB are delighted that this agreement allows us to fulfill our mandate regarding the important issues at this site and feel secure in the knowledge our engaged Council, County residents and the democratic process will result in the best outcomes for all concerned going forward."

Steve Ferguson, Mayor, County of Prince Edward states:

"I applaud all parties for working together to arrive at a fair and respectful resolution of this matter. As a municipality, we will continue to remain vigilant and work to ensure all current and future operations at the port respect their land use permissions and the natural environment."

Background
Picton Terminals is a family-owned business with a head office located in Odessa, Ontario. Picton Terminals, through and together with its related companies, H.R. Doornekamp Construction, Hendriks Aggregates and ABNA Investments, employs 80 – 100 people with the majority of their business occurring in the Eastern Ontario region. Picton Terminals aims to resurrect and update the existing infrastructure at its port facility at 24 White Chapel Road and add new infrastructure to provide better import and export services to the regional economy. Picton Terminals plans to expand the existing facilities to allow better, more efficient shipping and to be equipped to receive a variety of products. It presently receives road salt, aggregates, farming products, heavy lift cargo, containers, dry bulk commodities, and new and recycled steel products.

Save Picton Bay was incorporated in 2016 as a federal not-for-profit corporation based out of Picton, Ontario. Save Picton Bay seeks the good stewardship of Picton Bay, Prince Edward County and community by advocating for a safe, clean environment. Save Picton Bay advocates for Picton Bay water quality through the elimination and prevention of negative environmental impacts and supports the protection of Prince Edward County tourism and a safe and responsible port to ship County agriculture products and aggregates. Save Picton Bay commenced an Application in the Superior Court of Justice, which was heard by The Honourable Justice Tausendfreund on April 16, 2018, resulting in reasons for judgment dated June 18, 2018, an Order and a later costs decision of September 20, 2018. Justice Tausendfreund ruled that at the time Prince Edward County enacted its present comprehensive zoning by-law in 2006, the portion of the property located in the former Hallowell Township became and remains a legal non-conforming use for transshipment of bulk commodities and ore storage. Justice Tausendfreund also ruled that Picton Terminals is to cease use of that part of the property in the former Sophiasburgh Township previously zoned A1 for industrial equipment storage and aggregate material stockpiling, and acknowledged the legal non-conforming right to use the portion of the former Sophiasburgh lands that had been previously zoned M2 for storage of industrial vehicles and access and issued an Order to that effect.

Justice Tausendfreund awarded costs of $40,000 to be paid to Picton Terminals by Save Picton Bay.

In January 2019, Save Picton Bay commenced an appeal of Justice Tausendfreund’s ruling, which has now been resolved by the present settlement. Picton Terminals’ re-zoning application seeks, in part, to re-zone the former Sophiasburgh Township portion to address Justice Tausendfreund’s Order.

For media inquiries please contact:

Sandy Berg M.Sc.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. / Picton Terminals
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0
Cell: 613-888-5870
Office: 613-386-3033
sandy@doornekamp.ca



FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE:

Picton Terminals Purchases Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane for Port Expansion

Picton, Ontario - January 16, 2019 - Picton Terminals welcomed the BBC Rushmore in November 2018. The BBC Rushmore left the Port of Brownsville USA Oct. 31, carrying PT’s newly purchased LHM 420 Mobile Harbour Crane. This versatile crane is suitable for the efficient handling of bulk cargoes, as well as the safe transportation of general cargoes. The LHM 420 Mobile Harbour Crane raises and lowers loads at up to 120m per minute and has a maximum load capacity of 124 MT. It can handle up to 38 containers per hour with its hybrid drive. Learn more about the LHM 420 here:
Picton Terminals, is a pre-existing, deep water marine port facility in Picton, Ontario, Canada. The facility was built in 1953 for Bethlehem Steel to ship pelletized iron ore to the USA. Since the late 1970’s, the Shiploader and all infrastructure lay dormant but the entire site is being reinvigorated and technologically upgraded since the Doornekamp family purchased the port in 2014.

Picton Terminals represents an accessible, cost effective way to get bulk goods to global markets and international ports via Hwy H2O, the St Lawrence Seaway. Access to global markets for commodities such as grains, aggregates, and manufacturing is critical when building a sustainable regional economy. Eastern Ontario has traditionally been restricted in the import & export of most raw and bulk materials by truck transportation along the 401 corridor. Demand for Picton Terminals’ services by almost every economic sector has been vast, including local quarries looking to export, cement plants looking for unloading capabilities, and industrial manufacturers and grain companies eager to open new export channels.

Acquisition of the new Mobile Harbour Crane builds on the Picton Terminals business plan. The shipping industry is constantly evolving and striving for innovation. Today, shipping companies are refocusing and reinvesting in specialized ship types. This trend is ideal for Picton Terminals whose business model is based on serving all sectors with the capacity to accommodate a variety of loading and unloading of specialized cargo and vessels via cranes, conveyors and a roll-on, roll-off system.

In 2013, the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation and Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. conducted an in-depth analysis of Eastern Ontario’s transportation infrastructure. The study ranked 12 recommended infrastructure improvement initiatives based on economic impact, ROI and immediacy. A new or expanded Deep Water Port scored 2nd highest out of 12 infrastructure recommendations. Specifically, the study recommended:

"Constructing new or revitalized deep water port facilities and infrastructure within Eastern Ontario - including intermodal capabilities, distribution terminals, shortsea shipping operations and ability to handle bulk and container cargo at existing (e.g. Cornwall, Morrisburg, Kingston, Prescott) or new sites.

Vessels are twice as fuel efficient as rail and 10 times more fuel efficient than heavy trucking. Additionally, shipping reduces wear and tear and congestion along the 401 corridor thus, greatly reducing Ontario’s greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. Picton Terminals is expanding and updating an historic industrial site, with state of the art technological and environmental acquisitions and methodologies. In purchasing the LHM 420 Mobile Harbour Crane, the long term vision of the Picton Terminals as a global market leader, is being realized. More site upgrades and state of the art directions are on schedule and will be announced later this year.

Picton Terminals is a family owned business with head office located in Odessa, Ontario. The company employees 80 – 100 people with the majority of business occurring in the Eastern Ontario region. Our goals at Picton Terminals are to update existing infrastructure to provide better import and export services to the local, regional and global economies. We continue to expand the existing facilities, allowing more efficient shipping with the ability to receive and handle a variety of products.


Supplied photo by Picton Terminals, Jan. 2019

For media inquiries please contact:

Sandy Berg M.Sc.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd.
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0
Cell: 613-888-5870
sandy@doornekamp.ca



FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE:

Tugboat Sheri Lynn S will be breaking ice in Picton Bay to Millhaven this winter

Picton, Ontario - January 14, 2019 - Picton Terminals’ tugboat Sheri Lynn S will be breaking ice this winter. Picton Terminals wants local sled and ice fishers to enjoy winter fun but be aware of Safe Ice Conditions and have a safe winter.

Picton Terminals will be breaking ice from the Port, to the Glenora Ferry, through The Gap, to Millhaven until further notice.

The Sheri Lynn S is equipped with an ice-breaking hull. She is a DAMEN STAN TUG® 1606 ICE with 2x Caterpillar C18 TA/A and LENGTH O.A. 16.76 m BEAM O.A. 5.94 m.

Picton Terminals is a family owned business with head office located in Odessa, Ontario. The company employees 80 – 100 people with the majority of business occurring in the Eastern Ontario region. Our goals at Picton Terminals are to update existing infrastructure to provide better import and export services to the local, regional and global economies. We continue to expand the existing facilities, allowing more efficient shipping with the ability to receive and handle a variety of products.


Supplied photo by Picton Terminals, Jan. 2019

For media inquiries please contact:

Sandy Berg M.Sc.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd.
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0
Cell: 613-888-5870
sandy@doornekamp.ca



FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE:

Picton Terminals/Doornekamp Team Announce Picton Bay Clean-up Fund

Picton, Ontario – December 19, 2018 - Picton Terminals leads the way in Picton Bay cleanup efforts with announcement of a new fund dedicated to cleaning up Picton Bay waters. The fund will be made available to local community groups to support a community-wide effort to cleanup Picton Bay. Water quality of Picton Bay has been discussed for decades. As environmental regulations intensified over time, and the Picton population grew, discussions of addressing decades-old water-quality concerns have become a priority. Picton Terminals and the Doornekamp family want to encourage everyone to play a role in cleaning up our environment and will be dedicating $40,000 to kick start this effort.

The $40,000 community fund will be made available to PEC non-profit groups once Save Picton Bay has reconciled the accounting following the legal discussion of municipal zoning by-law details for the deep-water port owned by Picton Terminals. In that ruling, Judge Tausendfreund concluded:

"…Picton Terminals state and I accept that the central issue of the Application addressed the legal rights of Picton Terminals to continue to operate its business of trans-shipment on this property. It was a matter of critical importance to this Respondent. I found that the general historic use of the property had not changed and that the trans-shipment activities on this property remained entitled to protection under the nonconforming use principle. That said, the Applicant had partial success, based on my finding that the industrial materials stored on that part of the property zoned RU1 must be removed. However, that represented not more than 20% of the issues in this Application. I assess the partial indemnity costs of Picton Terminals at $50,000 all in, less 20%. This net amount to which Picton Terminals is entitled from the Applicant I find to be $40,000" - Judge Tausendfreund

Picton Terminals will be accepting applications for funding Picton Bay cleanup projects, starting in spring 2019. Application forms and details will be posted at www.pictonterminals.ca


Supplied photo by Picton Terminals, Sept. 2018

For media inquiries please contact:

Sandy Berg M.Sc.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd.
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0
Cell: 613-888-5870
sandy@doornekamp.ca