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Harbour Infrastructure

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The harbour of Channel-Port aux Basques

The harbour of Channel-Port aux Basques has been used for major shipping since 1898. For the past 112 years, the harbour has been continually developed to provide access for larger ships that import goods to Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Marine Atlantic - Port aux Basques Harbour

Marine Atlantic is the sole shipping company operating from the harbour, with the Canadian Coast Guard, oil tankers, cruise ships, and other occasional shipping companies harbouring. The harbour is equipped with 10 deep water docks that vary in length and depth to accommodate ships of various specifications. The harbour has an approximate water depth of 10 meters, with harbour channel width of 55 meters, and an inner harbour turning radius of 270 meters.

In addition to the current infrastructure outlined below, the Town has ownership to undeveloped land on the eastern side of the harbour that is ideally suited for future development. An outer harbour also exists that may be well suited for specific transportation developments. [View Site Plan]

Specifications & Information

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Outer Harbour - Port aux Basques Harbour

• Marked harbour entrance 55m wide
• Outer harbour approx. 1.2 km long (SE to NW) by 1.0 km wide
• Two breakwaters at NW end of outer harbour to protect inner harbour
• Inner harbour approx. 2 km long (SW to NE) by 0.7 km wide
• Four wharfs owned & operated by Marine Atlantic Inc.
• 8 timber crib wharfs owned & operated by Port Authority

Current User Ships

• MV Blue Puttees/Highlanders: 199.5m length; 6m draft
• MV Atlantic Vision: 203m length; 6.58m draft
• MV Leif Ericsson: 157m length; 5.515m draft

Marine Atlantic Docks

• Coastal Dock: 195m length; 7.5m depth
• Carson Dock: 121 length; 7.5m depth
• Former Fish Plant Dock: 70m length; 7m depth

Additional Information

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Inner Harbour - Channel-Port aux Basques

• Tug boat service available
• Canadian Coast Guard Centre
• Direct link to the Trans Canada Highway

Chairperson - CHY 2020
The Town is looking for a Chairperson for the 2020 Come Home Year Committee. If you are interested please forward your name to me at sstrickland@portauxbasques.ca or call 695-5775. Thank you.
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 9:54 am NFLD
Multicultural Event
I am looking to plan a multicultural day as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. I am looking for feedback on possible activities and events. I am also looking to compile a list of ethnic groups within our community. Please contact me with any information you think could assist.
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 10:14 am NFLD
Canadian Cancer Society Is Here To Help
Contact us for presentations to schools and
community groups on how to reduce your
cancer risk - including topics such as
smoking cessation, reducing alcohol
consumption, nutrition, physical activity,
sun safety, and early detection and
screening. [More details]
Posted: Sept 29, 2017 1:51 pm NFLD
Public Notice
The Town of Channel – Port aux Basques wishes to advise all residents that household garbage is required to be placed on the curb for pickup prior to 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Garbage put out for collection must be in a closed container, or covered with a type of netting or other material.
Garbage placed for collection shall be covered with a weighted, solid colored, nylon or polyester net with a maximum mesh size of 25 mm x 25 mm or other type of weighted covering acceptable to the Town.
Nets and other type covers used for the covering of garbage shall be designed and maintained in a manner acceptable to the Town so as to ensure they provide adequate coverage, cannot be blown off the garbage, are easily removable by the garbage collector and do not blow away once the garbage has been removed.
The metal or plastic containers used to contain garbage placed for collection and nets used to cover garbage laced for collection shall be removed from the curb or street no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day which the garbage was placed for collection.
Household garbage placed at the curb that is not covered will not be collected. If uncovered garbage that is placed at the curb happens to be scattered around by wind or animals, the property owner will be responsible to immediately clean it up. Failure to do so will result in the Town undertaking the cleanup and charging the owner a cleanup fee.
Collection of garbage and refuse shall be at least once in every seven (7) days, commencing at the hour of 8 o‘clock in the forenoon (8:00 a.m.), or seven thirty (7:30 a.m.) during summer months, provided however, that when a public or statutory holiday occurs on a collection day, such collection may be made on the next following working day, unless otherwise specified by the Director of Public Works or his designate.
Residents are reminded to keep the sidewalk by their property clear of debris and grass cuttings.
Posted: July 12, 2017 8:53 am NFLD
Reminder to all residents
The Town of Channel- Port aux Basques requires all dogs to be leashed at all times when not on the owners property. This includes all areas of the community including trails, pathways, parks and beaches. This does not apply within the fence of the dog park on Bay Street.
Posted: Oct 18, 2016 11:45 am NFLD
Environmental Emergencies
To report illegal burning or any other environmental emergencies, please call 1-800-563-9089.
Posted: Sept 24, 2014 1:50 pm NFLD
Subscribe to our New YouTube Channel
A new YouTube channel has been created to allow us to post and gather videos related to the tourism and business sectors. Make sure to share our posted videos with your friends.. Here's our first YouTube uploaded video.. A visit to the Grand Bay West Trail.. [Watch video]
Posted: Feb 20, 2014 10:22 am NFLD
Disasters can happen at any time! Be Ready!
A list of items to help you prepare for a disaster:

Store a three day supply of water, food, and clothing for each person, including supplies for family pets. Replace food and water annually.

Two litres of drinking water per person/day
Prescription medications, glasses/contact lenses and supplies
Flashlight and batteries
Non-perishable canned and dried foods
Personal hygiene items
Cash
Can opener and disposable plates and utensils
First aid supplies
Car and house keys
Battery-operated radio
Copies of essential family documents
Change of clothing and footwear per person

For more information visit www.redcross.ca
Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:57 pm NFLD
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