The Port of Hamilton is the largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes and handles more than 10 million tonnes of highly diversified cargo annually.
The port was built on a long tradition of moving bulk and breakbulk cargo. From its earliest days, after the first canal was built in 1832 to connect Hamilton Harbour to Lake Ontario, bulk and breakbulk commodities have been imported and exported through Hamilton.
With its deep water access, growing industrial base, the advent of the steam-powered engine in the mid-1800s and the introduction of the railway, Hamilton established itself as a marine transportation hub.
Largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes
Handles more than 10 million tonnes of cargo annually:
- Project Cargo
- Liquid Bulk
- Two general bulk and breakbulk terminals
- Two grain terminals
- Three liquid bulk terminals
- Direct intermodal connections to key markets in Central Canada and the United States
- Serviced by both Class 1 railways
- Easy access to the Queen Elizabeth Way and Ontario’s 400 series of highways
Approximately 600 vessel calls per year
One-stop shopping for shipowners (tugs, pilots, agents, fuel, ship repair, etc.)
Highly competitive stevedoring services
Largest staging area on the Great Lakes
More than 90,000 square metres (one million square feet) of warehouse space
St. Lawrence Seaway maximum draft
9,000 metres (30,000 feet) of Seaway-draft dock walls