Port of Stewart

The Port of Stewart is the most northernly ice-free port located in one of the most mineral rich regions in North America. While the Port of Stewart is under construction at the moment, opportunities do exist for manufacturers, processors, and others to take advantage of the value inherent to the port's location.

About This Project

Situated across from Alaska's Misty Fiords National Park and at the end of the Portland Canal, Stewart, BC is a unique border town attracting tourists from every corner of the world. While the Port of Stewart is under construction at the moment, opportunities do exist for manufacturers, processors, and others to take advantage of the value inherent to the port's location.

The economy of Stewart is supported by a varied range of industries including logging, mining and mining exploration and is destined to become a major port for distribution of ore and logs. Stewart offers a paved highway to major transportation routes, a salt water port which supports a barge terminal and bulk commodity loader. The Portland Canal is a mere 80-90 miles from the Pacific Ocean allowing ore and log ships to come from all over the world. Stewart also possesses an excessive amount of hydro power available for industrial use.

Two deep sea facilities are in operation, Stewart Bulk Terminals and the District of Stewart log storage and handling facility.  Space for considerable expansion exists at both facilities.

Minerals - Stewart is Northwest BC’s gateway to the mineral rich North West region of BC and eastern Yukon.  No other BC port combines Stewart’s logistical advantages and mineral shipping facilities.

Logs - For log shipping, no other BC port combines Stewart’s nearly fresh harbour waters with deep sea shipping capabilities.

Stewart’s Transport Advantage

  • Low Port Costs - Stewart has lower terminal handling costs and port charges than competing mineral shipping ports.  Costly port authority fees are avoided.
  • Low Cost Capacity to Expand - Stewart has the capacity to significantly expand its shipping volume of mineral concentrates.  Except for distant Vancouver, Washington, USA, competing mineral concentrate ports have port congestion issues.  Expansion options at competing ports are limited in capacity and will be much more costly to implement than in Stewart.
  • Load Centring – Minerals ships calling at Stewart can take full cargoes in the region without calling at higher cost southern ports.  Having three shippers at Stewart and cargo loading options at nearby Hawk Inlet and Skagway greatly reduce the need for a costly voyage extension to southern ports. 
  • Large Zone of Transport Advantage – Most of northwest BC’s mineral potential lies with a zone in which Stewart is the most advantageous export port.
  • Low Ship Costs – To reach Asian buyers, Stewart has lower ship costs than southern ports.  Shippers benefit from lower fuel costs and ship charter costs through shorter travel distances.
  • Fast Ship Turn Around Times - Because ships are serviced as soon they arrive, and because 24 hour continuous ship loading is provided, average total vessel port time at Stewart is less than at competing ports.
  • Favourable Anchorage Conditions – Ships can anchor in Stewart on good holding grounds close to ship loading areas.
  • Low Salinity Benefits Log Ships – The Port of Stewart has the lowest salinity of any deep water log loading facility in BC.  Located in a stored runoff inlet, the Port’s nearly fresh water allows logs to be stored ready for loading longer than in other locations.
  • Favourable Climate – In spite of its high latitude, 56 degrees north, Stewart is an ice free port with a moist marine climate that allows year round port operations.  High winds are rare. 
  • Reduced Truck Costs – Trucks shipping to Stewart are now permitted a gross vehicle weight of 72,300 kg, a 14% increase over the 63,500 kg maximum allowed on most BC roads.  Fuel, labour and equipment costs per tonne of cargo are thereby reduced.  All weather paved highways connect Stewart with its natural hinterland of Northwest BC and the eastern Yukon.
  • Low Environmental Impact – Stewart’s existing and planned port facilities are located in areas officially designated to have “moderate” or “low” productivity habitat.  Stewart’s Bear River is naturally a low productivity salmon habitat.
  • Permitted Expansion Potential – Both of Stewart’s main exports, minerals and logs, have expansion space on their existing operational footprints.  As a result, permitting requirements for increasing shipping volumes are modest and would  not be time consuming.

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