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February 2017 - Update

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals (PT)!

Environmental
Many followers are interested in PT environmental ACTIONS with MOE. For those interested please see the attached MOE order as a reference to the items below:

Item 1: Complete
Item 2: Complete and always ongoing
Item 3: Complete
Item 4: Complete
Item 5: Complete and always ongoing
Item 6: Complete
Item 7: Complete and always ongoing
Item 8: Complete
Item 9: Complete
Item 10: Complete (Included with January update posted on our website)
Item 11: In progress – Monitoring wells are completed and monitoring has commenced this week.
Item 12: Complete (Included with January update posted on our website …)
Item 13: In progress – Sampling currently in progress once testing is complete work plan will be finalized, approved and executed.
Item A: In compliance
Item B: In compliance
Item C: In compliance

All compliance dates are continually being met easily and continue to be met as ACTION items progress. PT accepted very tight compliance timelines because virtually all items within the MOE order PT had already commenced ACTION and/or completed prior to MOE order. PT is working on solving 25 year issues.

All MOE order information is included with our January Update on our website, http://www.pictonterminals.ca/ptthismonth.html.

Interesting ACTION note: PT, XCG and MOE are working through our team’s 2nd storm water management submittal. We are hoping pond construction can start spring 2017. Picton Bay water quality is a high priority for PT.

PT is taking everything related to shipping garbage off the table. It was never really on the table and was blown out of proportion by some (understandably - garbage is a touchy subject). Before we’d ever consider shipping garbage, all agency approvals would be required and PT would add a public consultation process as well.

If anyone would like further details on the above ACTION items and the MOE order please contact us. If anyone would like our team to organize a PT and MOE Q&A at the Port let us know. Knowing and understanding the facts are very important.

Property Zoning

No further updates at this time.

If you would like to communicate with our zoning team, please let us know and we can arrange a Q&A in person or via email with our zoning team.

Other News

Some have made the following statement, “Since PT purchased the Port in December 2014 they have been bringing in more salt than ever.” Keep in mind all salt in 2014 had arrived at the Port before PT ownership.

See the vessel history below:

PT Received20163 vessels
 20154
   
Prior to PT20144
 20133
 20122
 20112
 20102
 20093
 20085
 20073


PT recommends reading the article on salt use below. It’s a very fair assessment of salt and everything that comes with it. PT has reached out to the proactive groups in this article, trying to promote efficient use of salt in Ontario and help us with our salt best management practices. We will be asking this group to help us improve our salt management practices up to a level of PT gaining "Smart about Salt" Certification, a new development program.

http://torontoist.com/2017/02/road-salt-is-toxic-and-should-be-regulated/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

PT's door is always open for personal and or group tours!! Contact us if you’re interested.

If anyone would like to inform themselves on PT, please contact us and we can help.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, Picton Terminals Owner, P. Eng.
Mike Keene, Fotenn Consulting, Zoning Consultant
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP
Kevin Shipley, XCG Environmental

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 33 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email: ben@doornekamp.ca www.pictonterminals.ca

                                                                                            

January 2017 - Update

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals (PT) and Happy New Year!!

Environmental
Many followers are interested in PT environmental ACTIONS with MOE. For those interested please see the attached MOE order as a reference to the items below:
Item 1: Complete
Item 2: Complete and always ongoing
Item 3: Complete
Item 4: Complete
Item 5: Complete and always ongoing
Item 6: Complete
Item 7: Complete and always ongoing
Item 8: Complete
Item 9: Complete
Item 10: Complete (attached pls review and provide feedback, file:TM189 …)
Item 11: In progress
Item 12: Complete (attached pls review and provide feedback, file:R1898 …)
Item 13: In progress
Item A: In compliance
Item B: In compliance
Item C: In compliance

All compliance dates were met easily and continue to be met as ACTION items progress. PT accepted very tight compliance timelines because virtually all items within the MOE order PT had already commenced ACTION and/or completed prior to MOE order. PT is working on solving 25 year issues.

Definition of an MOE order can be found here.

Interesting ACTION note: PT, XCG and MOE are getting very close to completing all salt pond engineering. We are hoping pond construction can start spring 2017. Picton Bay water quality is a high priority for PT.

PT is taking everything related to shipping garbage off the table. It was never really on the table and was blown out of proportion by some (understandably - garbage is a touchy subject). Before we’d ever consider shipping garbage, all agency approvals would be required and PT would add a public consultation process as well.

If anyone would like further details on the above ACTION items and the MOE order please contact us. If anyone would like our team to organize a PT and MOE Q&A at the Port let us know. Knowing and understanding the facts are very important.

Zoning and Funding

Portion of excerpt emailed to PEC Council:

We have received numerous legal opinions and professional planning opinions, and between the current zoning and the pre-2006 zoning, we can operate our business as legal non-conforming. Our goal is to clean up all the pre-Picton Terminals environmental issues with MOE dating back to 1991. We have been working very closely with MOE for the past 2 years and our goal is to solve all the stormwater management issues within the next year. Once the stormwater plans are complete, we may consider re-submitting our zoning application in an effort to clean up the zoning on our property.

On the infrastructure funding front, we are also pulling our application. In our business plan, we mentioned, the more kilometers we take off Ontario roads and put on vessels, the more successful we will be. To date, we have removed millions of kilometers off Ontario’s highways. Our plan is to self-fund the cranes and the next phases of infrastructure construction. We greatly appreciate the County’s support to this point and hope it continues.

If you would like to communicate with our zoning team, please let us know and we can arrange a Q&A in person or via email with our zoning team.

Other News

PT is hosting 3 tugs and 2 barges this winter. All of these vessels are owned and operated by Mckeil Marine, see picture below. They arrived at PT late December and early January. These vessels will be used for a project potentially commencing this spring.

PT is excited to host the Burnbrae Farms Team for a port tour later this month. Follow the Burnbrae team at www.burnbraefarms.com.

PT's door is always open for personal and or group tours!! Contact us if you’re interested.

If anyone would like to inform themselves on PT, please contact us and we can help.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, Picton Terminals Owner, P. Eng.
Mike Keene, Fotenn Consulting, Zoning Consultant
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP
Kevin Shipley, XCG Environmental

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 33 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email:
ben@doornekamp.ca www.pictonterminals.ca


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PT is hosting 3 tugs and 2 barges this winter. All of these vessels are owned and operated by Mckeil Marine

                                                                                            

November 2016 - Update

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals (PT) and your intense interest in our project.

The Ship Loader will be loading a vessel for the first time since 1981, starting Sunday night and finishing Monday evening. The material loaded in 1981 was sandstone going into Europe. PT will be loading Granular A limestone going to Bowmanville for the 407 extension. The Ship Loader and vessel viewing is open to all. Due to safety requirements around the ship loader operations, we request that individuals or groups that would like to see the Ship Loader operating, let us know so we can accommodate safety requirements.

Pinchin Engineering will be continuing the noise study for all operations pertaining to the "outside noise" bylaw and MOE has been requested to be on site monitoring operations.

Limestone MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) can be provided upon request.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp. P. Eng.
Fotenn Consulting, Zoning Consultant
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP

                                                                                            

October 2016

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals (PT) and your intense interest in our project.

We want to be very clear. PT “screwed up” in handling the initial loads of Petcoke that were trucked to our site. We executed soaking the piles with water, but that wasn’t enough to stop the piles from drying out and creating dust leaving our property. We were very fortunate only one property was affected. We immediately changed storing practices and paid for cleaning the affected property owners house inside and out. PT also compensated the home owner for pool closing costs.

Petcoke is now stored under weather proof tarps. Petcoke arrives to our site with 8% water content, therefore upon arrival dust isn’t a concern, but the product will dry out creating a dust situation. We are soaking the product while piling. Tarping of the pile follows immediately after the material is piled. Piles are kept very small to allow quick and easy tarping daily. We want to be very clear, we made the mistake of soaking the product as our means of dust mitigation. We should have gone directly to tarping instead. We have attached the MSDS for Fluid Petcoke. We have also attached the MSDS for limestone dust to help us all maintain perspective because health concerns are reflective of exposure levels and very little Fluid Petcoke dust left our property. Please have a materials engineer and/or Doctor interpret MSDS.

PT has closed our first contract moving site grading surplus limestone product into Bowmanville. Our crusher has been setup in the ship loading pit and crushing started October 19th. The ship loader will load its first load tentatively the first week of November at which time we’ll invite all to the see ship loader in operation for the first time since 1978 and to see the crusher operation in the pit. MOE and MOL have both been invited to evaluate the crusher operation.

We have had an inquiry regarding the following concerns:

  1. Drilling and blasting at the Port:
    • Please note the last blast was March 28, 2016. Second, we have appended (FDB Blast Procedure) the Blasting protocol used by our Blasting contractors as approved by MOL. This procedure was executed for every blast.
    • For the remainder of PT’s site grading, we are looking at a surface mining equipment option. This equipment is specifically designed for highly sensitive receptor areas. One example we’re looking at is the Vermeer T1255. If we went with this option, NO more drilling and blasting would be required for site grading! If PT invested in the surface mining option our primary reason would be to greatly minimize impact on receptors to virtually zero, relative to blasting. You can research this piece of equipment and let us know what you think.
  2. Zoning application:
    • PT purchased the property with the understanding of proper zoning. When we were informed of incorrect zoning, we immediately started the process to reinstate the use.
    • Due to pre-2006 zoning (MX-1 & M2 allowances), PT can operate under MX-1 & M2 as per the following from PEC zoning bylaws.
      • 4.20 NON-CONFORMING USES, BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES
        • 4.20.1 CONTINUATION OF LEGAL NON-CONFORMING USES
          • The provisions of this By-law shall not prevent the use of any land, building or structure for any purpose prohibited by this By-law, if such land, building or structure was lawfully used for such purpose on the day of the passing of this By-law, so long as it continues to be used for that purpose.
      • For purposes of interpreting this By-law, a use that is discontinued for a period of 24 consecutive months or longer shall be deemed to have ceased to be a legal non-conforming use.
    • PT acknowledges two non-conforming current uses including steel storage which we have removed from east storage area and salt storage north of existing pad as noted in attached Picton overview 2005 2016 by yellow hatched area. In this area, we have stopped any further salt storage until zoning is resolved.
    • Other than the two previous noted operational issues related to zoning, all other PT operations, including site upgrades to date, have occurred within zoning bylaws as noted by 4.20 above.
    • Our proposed zoning amendment conforms with official plan designation.
    • The history of the Port that has been presented in our zoning application below is a brief synopsis of the Port history we have gathered from previous owners and users:
      • The current use on the site is unchanged from its historic use as an international import/export shipping port service facility. A brief timeline of the on-site operations is as follows:
        • 1955: original iron ore shipping port built and operations begin
        • 1978 last iron ore shipment loaded at the port
        • Mid 1980’s a load of sand stone was loaded and shipped to Europe
        • 1993 to present salt has been shipped into port and trucked to local users at an approximate rate of 80,000 – 120,000 metric tonnes per year.
    • If any of our followers have different dates and/or different port operations let us know.
    • Regarding truck traffic concerns, see attached (included in previously bulletins also) our complete zoning application document which includes a traffic impact study.
  3. Picton Bay Water:
    • There is a concern of coal tar on the bottom of Picton Bay. The water intake study indicates no exceedances of the lowest effect level of the Ontario guidelines for the protection and management of Aquatic Sediment Quality. See section 7.0 of below linked report for more details. Coles Notes of report; none of the regulatory agencies MOE, DFO, etc. have any concerns.
    • PT continues our water sampling program in Picton Bay which is monitored by the MOE and testing is done by Caduceon Labs. Testing is for MOE directed elements, salt, bauxite and any other products stored on our property. Results at this point present no concerns. Sampling is completed on a monthly basis and/or after rain events.
    • An inquiry has come forward. Did the new Picton Bay water intake consider Port? Picton water intake design did consider PT during design stages as shown on mapping within linked water intake report and also confirmed via communication with design teams http://www.pecounty.on.ca/pdf/PictonWTPIntakeReport.pdf .
    • All Canadian and all Foreign flag vessels go through extensive inspections and a review related to species invasion and water contamination when they enter the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway. If the public would like, PT can host an open seminar with Transport Canada to educate these inspection activities.
  4. Picton Terminals salt:
    • PT has never presented information implying approvals are in place for salt remediation plans. PT has applied for permits to control storm water on our site. This review is on hold from MOE’s point of view until the PEC zoning review is complete. Hopefully MOE will support our plan in which the MOE was very involved in designing.
    • Attached are two pictures, Picton Dock – Aerial picture previous to our ownership sometime between early 90’s and 2014. Note left of ponds all the dead vegetation in valley. Now see picture, Picton Dock – Valley aerial picture from Sept 2016 showing virtually zero dead vegetation and new containment berms. These are our preliminary mitigation measures to stop salt laden storm water from entering the bay, while agencies figure things out. Based on the return of vegetation and the water sampling results, these mitigation measures seem to be working.

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Picton Dock – Aerial picture

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Picton Dock – Valley aerial


If you would like to see water sampling results, please communicate with MOE.

The Federal Biscay noise study analysis will be done very soon. When complete we’ll post on our website.

Please stay tuned for:
  1. Zoning Public meeting announcements.
  2. Ship loading viewing invitations, tentatively November 1st – 4th.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp. P. Eng.
Fotenn Consulting, Zoning Consultant
Tony Fleming, Cunningham Swan LLP

Supporting Documentation
  1. FDB Blast Procedure 2016

  2. MSDS : Petroleum Coke

  3. MSDS : Limestone and Dolomite

  4. Picton Overview 2005-2016

  5. Traffic Impact Assessment 2016

  6. Storm Water Assessement Report

  7. Zoning By-Law Amendment Application


                                                                                            

September 2016 - 2nd Update - September 15, 2016

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals and your intense interest in our project.

The Federal Biscey (FB) is arriving at PT this evening!! FB will be at PT about 19:30.

Discharging operations will begin Friday morning at 7:00 rather than this evening in an effort to minimize discharging hours outside noise bylaw times. Discharging operations will run 24hrs a day until completion Sunday morning.

Pinchin Engineering will be completing our noise study tracking noise each night between 2:00 – 7:00 as this will be the first time gearless vessel discharging operations will be required outside Nosie bylaw times this year. Noise report will be posted on website next week for all to review.

If you would like to view the vessel discharging operations please let us know.

Any comments, concerns or questions please let us know.

Again, thank you all for your positive support and we will continually have an open door policy at the Port and continually work to better our processes to be an environmental leader.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.


Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 32 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email:
ben@doornekamp.ca

                                                                                            

September 2016

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals and your intense interest in our project.

September is a very busy month at Picton Terminals. CSL vessel Baie Comeau arrives from Windsor, Ontario Monday September 12th at 6:00 with salt load 2 of 3 for 2016, discharging about 10 hrs. FEDNAV vessel Federal Biscay arrives from Gulluk, Turkey Wednesday September 14th at 10:00 with Bauxite for Lafarge, Bath, discharging about 3 days. If anyone would like to view the discharging of either vessel please notify us using any of the contact points noted below. While both vessels are at Port Transport Canada may be performing security audits therefore all vessel viewings must be done by appointment. Both vessels discharging operations will be live streamed through our website.

Vessel discharging schedule:

  • Baie Comeau
    • Discharging commencing about 7:00 Sept 12th.
    • Discharging completion about 17:00 Sept 12th.
  • Federal Biscey
    • Discharging commencing about 10:00 – 23:00 Sept 14th.
    • Continuing 7:00 – 23:00 Sept 15th.
    • Continuing 7:00 – 23:00 Sept 16th.
    • Continuing 7:00 – TBD Sept 17th.

If discharging operations are required outside Prince Edward County noise bylaw restrictions, noise will be tracked as per our 1 year demonstration period. We don’t anticipate working outside allowable noise bylaw times.

We have made a few changes at the Port since last vessels:
  • Built entrance road berms and dock access road berms to help reduce vehicular traffic noise on Port haul roads.
  • Installed localized noise reduction backup alarms.
  • Started a weekly water testing protocol. All water samples tested by Caduceon Labs and submitted to MOE. Samples taken from the same 4 points, test points same as MOE test points. Any samples that present a concern to Picton Bay will be reported by PT and MOE.
  • PT installing monitoring wells throughout site and water sampling will be included as part of water testing protocol.

PT zoning update:
  • PT submitted zoning change application Aug. 5, 2016.
  • PEC requested further documentation from PT of which we’re working on producing currently.
  • Once further documentation is submitted (most likely within 2 weeks) PEC will determine if application is complete.
  • Once application is complete the next zoning change steps will be followed.

Any comments, concerns or questions please let us know.

Again, thank you all for your positive support and we will continually have an open door policy at the Port and continually work to better our processes to be an environmental leader.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 32 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email:
ben@doornekamp.ca

                                                                                            

August 2016

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals and your intense interest in our project.

One of the goals of our updates is to answer as many questions as we can in the most efficient manner we can. We try to accomplish this because as we all know facts and communications can be twisted, misinterpreted, selectively read, etc.

Please note since day one of Picton Terminals we have tried our best to have an open door/open communication policy. All of our contact info is available on the website, we have had 2 open houses, 2 ship discharging viewings and countless tours and meetings. During working hours our gates are always open and as you can tell by our team scaling back our dock interface construction by 50% and our change of backup alarms we listen to the community.

We are still waiting on a response back from MOE regarding our salt laden storm water containment and evaporation plan. We have decided not to wait any longer and build a temporary dam/pond Friday downstream of existing ponds to stop storm water from leaving our property. Attached again is our submitted ECA application if you’re interested you can review it here and provide us any proactive feedback, ideas are always welcomed!!

Our property has been operating as a Port since 1955 but for some reason the zoning was changed from Port activity allowance to Quarrying allowance in 2006. Typically a zoning change to a quarrying allowance in a sensitive area like the Port would take years but it was changed within a couple months without public consultation in 2006. Picton Terminals has formally submitted our zoning change application as of Aug 12, 2016 to change the property back to Port allowance, all steps will be followed during application process. To continually support our open door policy we have attached our application for public review, proactive comments are appreciated.

Our next vessel is coming September 12th CSL vessel with salt and September 16th FEDNAV vessel with Bauxite. We will be unloading the FEDNAV vessel 24 hrs a day therefore this will be our first opportunity to complete our sound study, further details will come regarding our sound study.

Picton Terminals will be hosting a ship unloading viewing and discussion when the Bauxite vessel arrives, further details to follow.

Any comments, concerns or questions please let us know.

Again, thank you all for your positive support and we will continually have an open door policy at the Port and continually work to better our processes to be an environmental leader.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 32 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email:
ben@doornekamp.ca

                                                                                            

June 2016

Thank you all for following Picton Terminals and your intense interest in our project.

We are also excited to be one of the opening night title sponsors for the Art in the County Exhibition and Sale. Hope all can visit and support art in the County from 7:00-9:00 PM at Books & Company, 2nd Floor Gallery today!! We are also proud to be supporting many other local community groups.

One of the goals of our updates is to answer as many questions as we can in the most efficient manner we can. We try to accomplish this because as we all know facts and communications can be twisted, misinterpreted, selectively read, etc.

The following are questions that have come to our team which we are sharing with all:

  1. The current and future hours of operation. Will the port run 24-7?
    1. Typical weekday hours are 7:00 AM -5:00 PM. No Saturday work when vessel not at Port.
    2. When vessels are at port loading or unloading 7:00 AM -11:00 PM Monday to Friday, Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
    3. We don’t plan to run Port 24-7 unless there is an extreme situation when a vessel requires or a self-unloader is at Port.
      1. Self-unloaders are at the Port for about 8 hrs per visit 3-4 times a year. When they’re at Port they begin discharging immediately upon arrival until completion which takes about 8hrs. Self-unloaders are very quiet. If you would like to understand better self-unloaders noise levels there is one at the Port first week of July with salt and your more than welcome to visit Port or listen from opposite side of Bay and provide us feedback re noise levels.

  2. Has there been an amendment to the noise bylaw? Could you please explain in detail what the amendment was and will Picton Terminals be requesting an extension or permanent amendment to the bylaw?
    1. There hasn’t been any amendments to this point, Council approved a one year test period to achieve the following:
      1. Complete noise study if and when a vessel is at Port outside of current noise bylaw time frames to better understand noise levels created by vessel discharging operations. Current noise bylaws allow operations between 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM, we haven’t needed to work outside these bounds to date therefore noise study hasn’t been completed.
      2. Allow Picton Terminals time 1 yr. to determine if limiting all operations including vessel operations to working only within current noise bylaws if this would affect business opportunities. To this point we have had no issue limiting site operations to 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM and limiting vessel operations to 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM. We see this being able to continue moving forward with the only exemptions being self-unloaders and our conveyor unloading operations which are both equally quiet. FYI, self-unloaders have been coming to Port and unloading 24 hrs a day since 1993 with no concerns. The ship loader is in tunnels, if people would like to visit the Port we can schedule running the ship loader to demonstrate noise levels. We will be posting a noise level demonstration for both the self-unloader and the ship loader on website second week of July.
      3. Picton Terminals foresees after one year test period no change to current noise bylaws expect exemption for 24/7 self-unloaders operations.

  3. What sound levels have been approved? Were these sound levels considered over water?
    1. No changes to noise bylaw have been approve to this point and noise level limits as per current noise bylaws are still limit noise levels to 60 Db between 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Yes, sound levels if they were to change, would definitely be considered over water. At this point we don’t see a need to change current noise bylaws.

  4. What precautions have been taken from an environmental aspect (potential spills, leaks, etc.)?
    1. Everything we do is under permitting with Quinte Conservation, Ministry of the Environment and Oceans and Fisheries. All day to day operations must work within very strict environmental guidelines.
    2. We have worked closely with MOE to solve the 20 year salt runoff issues, we should have approvals to start construction mid-July on a closed circuit evaporation system. Salt containment plan eliminates all salt leaving our property. We inherited this issue and we are going to solve it soon. Completed application attached within this monthly update.
    3. Everything we have done to this point has been done with MNR, MOE, QC and DFO approvals/support. Projects under permit include, dock access road, salt containment plans, dock infill, pump house rehab and still in approval process is new in-land barge dock.
    4. All machines on site have been outfitted with biodegradable hydraulic only, there are 3 spill clean-up kits on site, 2 on dock and 1 in office area.

  5. Explain the lighting plan and the hours of operation.
    1. When vessels are at Port, only Port lighting will be between sunset and 11:00 PM and all lighting is off at 11:00 PM. The lighting systems used on the dock are very localize and we can do a demonstration for you if you would like one evening. There will be some very minor localize walkway lighting on vessels that stays on all night when vessels are at Port. Gearless vessels are at Port for about 3-5 days about 10 times annually.
    2. Hours of operation Monday to Friday as noted above and Saturdays 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturdays only when vessel is at Port.
    3. All lighting around shop and offices are sensor lights.
    4. All lighting is low spread LED lighting.

  6. Is there further blasting of the cliff face to accommodate outbound trucks?
    1. We have actually changed our plans to accommodate citizens’ concerns. We will not be doing any drilling and blasting on the west side of the ship loader as previously plan. As part of this scope reduction the dock infill is now only going to the ship loader, east side dock infill only, about 10% more work to complete new dock construction. We have all permitting required to complete west side haul road and west side dock infill which we will be forfeiting.

  7. Proposed new barge facility plans?
    1. New barge facility approvals are in progress with Quinte Conservation and Oceans and Fisheries and one the major elements in this facility will be fish habitat as planned to match habitat which was removed for our dock infill (done under previously received permits). Barge facility will also be part of our rezoning application. Final barge dock engineering is about 50% complete.

  8. Water quality issues for the Town of Picton resulting from large ocean-going vessels navigating and stirring up sediment in a relatively shallow bay.
    1. In discussions with MOE, DFO, MNR and the County there isn’t a concern. But since the question was asked we have engaged an environmental engineering firm to conduct a study so we have scientific proof of zero impact or if there is impact we can develop solution to eliminate impact.
      1. Vessels already employ limited thrust areas. As vessels come from main channels where maximum thrust is allowed they’re restricted to different thrust levels in tighter more sensitive areas. For example vessels on main channel travel about 13 nautical miles an hour (Knot) when they leave channel for Picton Terminals vessel speed reduction is to 8 Knot and when vessels passes Glenora Ferry and at all times inside Picton Bay vessels travel about 3-5 Knots max therefore obviously greatly reduced thrust.

  9. Inappropriate zoning - currently zoned extractive industrial.
    1. Zoning previous to 2006 was correct for Port activity and changed in 2006 for a reason unknown to all at the County because Port activities haven’t stopped since 1993. Zoning laws allow and permission has been given from the County for us to continue working within prior to 2006 zoning as long as we are engaged in requirements to change back to previous zoning. We are in the middle of this zoning change back to 2005 zoning as a Port. This zoning change will take almost a year and $150,000 which we have committed to do. Staff agree it shouldn’t have been changed in 2006 but to show our committed we have taken on the onus to correct this mistake.
    2. Port is currently working within regulations.

  10. Finally they see little benefit to County residents--just more truck traffic on Highway 49.
    1. Mayor Quaiff and is team are strategically working diligently with Provincial agencies developing a plan to rebuild Cty Rd 49 and it seems to be moving up the priority levels quickly.
    2. Based on current traffic counts we would be increasing (not previously on Cty Rd 49) traffic by less than 0.7% during peak Port hauling times. Peak hauling days average about 30 truckloads per day leaving Port. To date during 2016 we have had 8 peak haul days with 25 – 30 loads a day leaving Port. Since Seaway opened March 23, 2016 we have averaged about 4.2 truckloads per day leaving Port.

New developments at the Port:
  1. We are changing all of our backup alarms to localized white noise alarms.  A demonstration video can be viewd here.
  2. Our dock construction scope of work at water’s edge has been cut by 50%. No haul road or dock infill to the west side of ship loader.
  3. MOE approval to start closed circuit salt water evaporation should be received some time in July. View the application here.
  4. Our first 2016 salt load is here first week of July, first load of bauxite will be here first week of September.
  5. Vessel projections for 2016:
    1. Salt x 3 loads
    2. Bauxite x 1
    3. Clinker x 2 (1 arrived already)
    4. Granulars outbound x 4 (no trucking required)
Any comments, concerns or questions please let us know.

Again, thank you all for your positive support and we will continually have an open door policy at the Port and continually work to better our processes to be an environmental leader.

Thank you

Ben Doornekamp, P. Eng.
Doornekamp Construction Ltd. | Hendriks Aggregates Ltd.| Picton Terminals Ltd. | ABNA Investments Ltd.|
588 Scotland Road, Odessa, Ontario, K0H 2H0
Office: 613-386-3033 ext. 32 | Cell: 613-561-6538 | Email:
ben@doornekamp.ca

                                                                                            

 

March 2016

Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) updates bulletins. This edition of the PT update is also being distributed via paper copy to all our neighbours on the south side of Picton Bay.

PT is very proud to most recently become supporters of the Art in the County 2016.  Check out their website for opportunities you can support Art in the County, www.artinthecounty.com

PT has continued to complete our 2015 dock and shipping road infrastructure work.  This phase 3d of 2015 permitted works we planned to be completed by mid-January but we have added a few elements to our dock structure that has slowed down construction not allowing our teams to complete this work in 2015.  We now anticipate 90% of work will be done the mid-March with the last small details being completed by the end March.  This phase 3d of blasting was complete mid-February and at this point PT doesn’t have any plans to blast anything further until next winter for west dock access road.  If plans change notice will be provided 2 months prior to commencement with all efforts made to complete blasting during winter months.

PT has all permits in full for the Phase 3d works and dock expansion and dock access road Phase 3d renderings are shown on our website – construction renderings 2016.  PT is continuing to work with Quinte Conservation on further Port expansion construction, Phase 4 a new Roll on Roll off dock, renderings of these expansions are on our website - construction renderings 2016.

PT is finalizing our sound study plan allowing our teams to analyze sound during vessel operations only, once complete our plan it will be posted on our website. Our first vessel will be here last week of March which will be the first vessel included in the season long sound study. All results will be posted on our website.

Our first vessel of the 2016 shipping season will be the Federal Caribou (FC).  The FC journey originated in Korea early February and is coming to Picton Terminals (about 50 days sailing) with 5000 MT of steel beams and steel pipe for local steel distributor Kimco Steel.  With the arrival of this cargo at PT, we will remove 54,000 KMs from Ontario Highways and 153.9 KGs of volatile greenhouse gases which otherwise would have transpired from heavy trucks by using previous shipping practices.

PT has begun the process toward ISO 9001 certification and will achieve accreditation by mid-summer.  The next step will be initiate ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 accreditation with the goal of completion by Christmas 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

Thank you.

                                                                                            

January 2016

Picton Terminals update:

Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) update bulletins.

Picton Terminals has continued to complete our 2015 dock and shipping road infrastructure work. This phase of 2015 permitted works should be completed by mid-January. Attached are some pictures of our excavators at work and we’ll be continually posting weekly updates on current infrastructure works.

Picton Terminals is currently working with Quinte Conservation on further Port expansion, details of these expansions are described as part of our previous post which includes digital renderings of proposed final products.

What did Picton Terminals do for the environment in 2015?

  • For the first time since 1991 at the Port we developed a zero salt runoff discharge plan with MOE which we will construct this spring, plan posted on website once stamped by MOE.
  • Developed a dust mitigation plan with MOE to help mitigate air particulate leaving the property, plan posted on website once stamped by MOE.
  • Proposed a Noise Bylaw amendment and was approved for a 1 year trial, details in previous bulletin.
  • Stevedored 6 vessels. Each vessel removed an average of 131,000 Kms of heavy trucks on Ontario Highways,  due to vessels coming to Picton Terminals rather than Ports further away from end users. The reduced Kms per vessel equates to 375 Kgs of volatile gases not entering our atmosphere!!! In 2015 we removed about 1,048,000 heavy truck Kms and stopped 2986 Kgs of volatile gases from entering our atmosphere!!! FYI by 2017, if all potential business happens, 25 vessels will be stevedored at PT, which will remove about 3,275,000 heavy truck Kms from Ontario Highways and could stop about 9,330 Kgs of volatile gases from entering our atmosphere in 2016!!!

    Picton Terminals is trying our best to think of the big environmental picture to help our smaller local environment thrive!!

    One of our local residents presented the following to our Team at Picton Terminals; “There is an old saying that if you want to know a person's intentions, don't listen to what they say, watch what they do”. It’s something we all know, but is difficult to do at times. So, to help push our Picton Terminals team to embrace this philosophy, we are including this quote in our Port offices, on Port signage, etc. as a constant reminder!!

    At PT we are always pushing to demonstrate our intentions by our actions in the direction of our final product, service and operation that all of PEC can be proud to be a part of!

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

    Thank you

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    December 2015

    Picton Terminals update:

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) update bulletins.

    This bulletin is serving as a notification that blasting and excavation will start again Monday up till Dec. 18th and continue for one week again Jan 4th 2016. There will also be periodic use of excavator rock breakers during this time.

    Bulletin will be emailed to all PT followers and local residents.

    Blasting will occur between 9:00 – 11:00 am or 2:00 – 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. We anticipate 2-3 blasts per week. Each day before 8:00 am if a blast is occurring that day there will be an email notification sent to all local residents, PT followers and posted on our website. Post/notifications will include blasting time that day and anticipated next blast day.

    As previously done during 1st phase of blasting, we will continue with three siren warnings sounded 1 min before blast occurring.

    FYI: Salt containment plan has been finalized and salt containment plan to be posted on our website for comments in about 1 week.

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email our team at ben@doornekamp.ca.

    Thank you


                                                                                                

    November 2015

    Picton Terminals update:

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) update bulletins.

    Picton Terminals second open house was a huge success; we had great attendance and we received a lot of positive and constructive feedback from the attendees.

    Bauxite shipping continues to Lafarge Bath.  We anticipate bauxite trucking to be completed by the end of November. All trucks that are moving the bauxite are tracked by GPS and our transportation management team get real-time notifications of speeding violations, truck idling overages, onsite delays, etc. and our team reacts immediately whenever violations occur. We have taken actions to slow down bauxite trucking to minimize frequency of trucks on White Chapel Road until our new entrance was complete.

    revious post, “Picton Terminals is still waiting for our new entrance permit of which the application as submitted April 27th”, has been granted.  The wait is over!!!  PT took action immediately upon receiving approval for our new entrance.  The new entrance is in full operation and the previous 62 White Chapel Road entrance is now permanently closed.  We still have a lot of fine tuning to do on the new entrance, but this will all be done while maintaining the new entrance operation. You will be able to see a rendering of the final product of our new entrance on our website very soon. Please note one interesting point.  We received feedback from residents regarding large truck parking on White Chapel Road that were waiting for gates to open each morning at 7:00 am.  To fix this issue, we took the action of moving the Port gate further into the new road.  This allows 8-10 large trucks to park on the new road, within our property, waiting for gate to open each morning.

    Picton Terminals recently applied for a noise bylaw amendment
    , that only applys when a vessel is at Port. The existing noise bylaw allows PT unlimited noise from 7:00 am – 2:00 am (60 decibels from 2:00 am – 7:00 am), but instead of creating unlimited noise until 2:00 am PT proposed a basic trade amending current noise bylaw.  The accepted proposal to Council (attached) now requires PT limit noise below 70 decibels from sunset to sunrise at the nearest receptors.  PT on our own accord will be setting up real-time noise monitoring that will be available to all on our website.  The noise monitoring accomplishes many things, but mainly allows PT to pin point any elevated noise and adjust vessel discharging process to eliminated excess noise.  Although not required by PEC, PT will be developing a noise monitoring plan which we will be distributed to PEC, posted on the website and distributed to local residents for comment.

    FYI: A passenger car at 65 mph at 25 ft. (77 dB); a freeway at 50 ft. from pavement edge 10 a.m. (76 dB). Living room music (76 dB); radio or TV-audio, vacuum cleaner (70 dB).


    Some answers to questions people have asked PT recently:

    1. Yes, 60 dB to 70dB is double the noise level.
    2. Yes, unlimited noise at PT was allowed under previous noise bylaw until 2:00 am.
    3. To be very clear if things go well PT anticipates about 20 operational nights discharging gearless vessels and 10 nights of self-unloading vessels operation between April 1 and Dec 24th annually.
    4. Communication with PT is always available.  All contact information is provided on our website.  Communication from residents has always been welcomed by PT i.e. action items demonstrating such as open houses x 2, many personal tours, direct contact to ownership group given on website, etc.
    5. Noise monitoring will continue while vessels are at Port by consultant and PT in conjunction. All noise results will be posted real-time on our website and all suggestions from residents are welcomed to help make the monitoring process better.
    6. Yes, PT was in full support of Council deferring noise bylaw motion to allow PT to organized a meeting with concerned residents, which has occurred. Our meeting with residents was very productive and both sides had wonderful suggestions some of which we’re implementing.
    7. Any and all permits/approvals to do all infrastructure upgrades and/or operations on our site have been achieved, such items from ESA, Quinte Conservation, MNR, PEC, MOE, etc.
    8. Yes, PT submitted noise bylaw amendment as per bylaw submittal requirements.
    9. See attached PEC council report regarding noise bylaw.
    Also we are excited to get MOE acceptance in principal very soon for our self-initiated (not required by MOE) salt runoff containment plan. PT has resources ready to take action implementing a runoff containment plan immediately, and system construction would be finished within about 1 month.  MOE is going to work with PT throughout the construction process and monitoring process to ensure the best outcome possible.  Once MOE agrees in principal to our plans, we’ll be posting draft drawings of our plan on our website and all feedback on our salt containment plan is welcomed.
     
    See
    the article regarding Great Lakes Ports from a local newspaper (attached) showing some of the benefits Great Lakes Ports as a team provide to our country.

    There is an old saying that if you want to know a person's intentions don't listen to what they say, watch what they do. At PT we are always pushing to demonstrate our intentions by our actions in the direction of our final product and operation that all of PEC can be proud to be a part of!

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

    Thank you

                                                                                                

    September 2016

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) update bulletins.

    Picton Terminals is preparing for our second open house Oct 17, 2015 at 9:00-11:00. Notifications will go out in the local paper very soon. Hope to see you all, a lot has changed!!

    We’ve now completed shipping Clinker to Lafarge Bath via truck and are continuing to move Bauxite to Lafarge Bath via truck.  All trucks are tracked by GPS and our transportation management team get real-time notifications of speeding violations, truck idling overages, onsite delays, etc. and our team reacts immediately whenever violations occur. Bauxite hauling will be completed end of October.

    We had a previous post “Picton Terminals is still waiting for our new entrance permit of which the application as submitted April 27th, zero changes to application have been required so hopefully we receive something soon… Once application is received new road and entrance construction will start immediately.”  We have changed our plan and have stopped waiting for our entrance permit and started our new road to our new entrance, allowing for a quick transition between permit receipt and operation of new road. Once the new road is complete the current main entrance will be closed.  We anticipate the new entrance and road to be operational next week.

    The ship loader testing is complete!!!
     All components of the existing ship loader have been upgraded and are fully operational. Some of you may have noticed the Conveyor #3 – ship loader has come alive. As you can see in the pictures, Conveyor #3 belt has been lifted and traversed into it's outbound position. We’re now finishing automation components that allow the ship loader to be run 100% from the control tower, without any personnel in the tunnels. This operating process will greatly decrease safety risks during loading operations. During typical running, the system will involve only an operator, a ship coordinator and a shift supervisor.

    We
    are expecting one more salt load in early October totaling 115,000 MT of salt that will be moved and covered by mid October, ready for Winter.

    Reminder: PT is preparing for our second open house Oct 17, 2015 at 9:00-11:00.

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

    Thank you

                                                                                                


    August 2015

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) update bulletins.

    The month of August was a very exciting month at Picton Terminals. Four vessels arrived and discharged at the Port. Each discharging operation brought different challenges, but each was an enormous learning experience, which was most important.

      Vessels that arrived in August:
      • Federal Kivalina with 23,000 MT of Bauxite arriving from Turkey, is now in the process of being trucked to Lafarge, Bath.
      • Spavalda with 15,000 MT of Clinker arriving from Greece, is now is the process of being trucked to Lafarge, Bath.
      • Thunder Bay and Whitefish Bay both discharging 28,000 MT of road salt from Windsor, ON.
    All of the above discharging operations were monitored by the Ministry of Environment without any issues. For example, we implemented stringent dust control procedures on all haul roads, loading and dumping areas. Our new Liebherr LH 120 performed very well helping us achieve estimated vessel discharging rates. One of the main reasons our first two vessel discharging operations were a success was our regionally hired employees who worked long hours, like a well oil machine, to get the Federal Kivalina and the Spavalda out of Port as soon as possible. PT had the option to hire out of region operations, similar to the previous owners, but we choose to stay with our region employees and it was a huge success.

    Soon we’ll be posting our self-accountable sound study. During three different scenarios readings were taken in the bay and on White Chapel road, 5:00 AM when nothing was operational at PT, 12:00 PM during rock excavation and during Federal Kivalina discharging.

    We’re currently in the process of moving Clinker and Bauxite to Lafarge Bath via truck of which all trucks are tracked by GPS and our transportation management team get real-time notifications of speeding violations, truck idling overages, onsite delays, etc. and our team reacts immediately whenever violations occur. Clinker hauling will be done the week of the 21st to 25th and bauxite hauling will be completed the week of the 28th to Oct 2nd.

    Picton Terminals is still waiting for our new entrance permit for which the application was submitted April 27th. Zero changes to the application have been required, so hopefully we receive something soon… Once the application is received, the new road and entrance construction will start immediately.

    The ship loader will be moving test material the week of the 21st to 25th on to a small barge. If all goes well the system will be 100% ready for full operation Sept 30th. PT has numerous opportunities for moving large quantities of material through the ship loader onto a ship via water to specific projects.

    We’re expecting 2 more salt loads totaling 140,000 MT of salt that will be moved and covered by end of October, ready for Winter.

    PT terminals is preparing for our second open house Oct 3, 2015 at 9:00-11:00. Notifications will go out in the local paper and will be posted on the website very soon. Hope to see you all, a lot has changed!!

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@doornekamp.ca.

    Thank you

                                                                                                


    July 20th – July 24th, 2015

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals (PT) weekly update bulletins.

    We are pushing to finish our new dock access shipping road in time for our first vessel of 2015. Our new Liebherr LH 120 starts final testing and operator training this week and if all goes well will be ready to unload vessel #1 from its new home on Pier 2E. Pier 2E structural rehabilitation will be completed and final grade of our dock access road will be finished to match pier elevation.

    Vessel #1 arrives August 8th give or take a day.

    The ship loading conveyor system is upon its finalize rehab stages. The new conveyor belting will be installed July 23rd and final testing will start by end of July. You’ll see the mobile ship loading conveyor moving for the first time since the early 1980’s.

    By mid-week we’ll be starting our new entrance and road into the site with the goal to complete phase 1 (everything but top course) by the end of July. Our goal in moving the entrance is to mitigate noise, dust and truck traffic for White Chapel Road home owners.

    We’re planning our next open house late July early August and all will be notified once final details have been determined.

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at ben@pictonterminals.ca.

    Thank you

                                                                                                


    June 29 th - July 3rd, 2015

    Thank you for following our Picton Terminals weekly update bulletins. We are pushing to finish our new dock access shipping road in time for our first vessel of 2015. Picton Terminals anticipated working on weekends, but based on public feedback from our previous update we will not be working on weekends.

    We are almost done our eastside shipping access ramp.  We have 4 more blasts and for blast schedules please see our website. Once blast times are set our website is updated to notify all of pending blasts. Some bay residents have been unable to hear pre blast sirens, therefore we are handing out flyers directing all to our website for blasting notices.

    Our new Liehberr LH120 ship unloader will be ready to go within the next 2 weeks. This machine will be ready to unload the first vessel arriving in late July with material destined for Lafarge Cement, Bath.

    Our shipping access road is now past the most easterly pier. We will start this week on our addition to our easterly pier to allow our LH120 to be located closer to the vessels, making unloading more efficient.

    We are planning our next open house late July and all will be notified once the final details have been determined.

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at ben@pictonterminals.ca.

    Have a good Canada Day!!

    Thank you


                                                                                                


     June 12th-19th, 2015

    In an effort to achieve our goal our excavating crew will start working longer hours Monday to Friday 7:00-5:00PM and Saturday 7:00-3:00PM. The longer hours are anticipated for 3 weeks.

    Due to blasting and excavating to enlarge our ship loading pit our main entrance is temporarily closed and our east entrance will be used until further notice, anticipated to be about 1 month. Blasting is done in this area and excavation has begun.

    Everyday new equipment is arriving as part of our ship loader resurrection. Our new control tower and operations ccan are now in their final positions. We anticipate our ship loader will be ready for testing mid-July.

    Our main weekly goal is to have our shipping road excavated to the most easterly pier. We’ll continually monitor and apply water to mitigate dust on haul roads and continually level haul roads to minimize truck chatter noise. We have also exchanged our rock pile dozer with our smaller dozer to reduce operational noise.

    Hopefully all attendees found our open house a good opportunity to learn more about Picton Terminals and we look forward to our next open house when we are close to Phase 1 completion (end of July) so all can see the before and after product.


    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at ben@pictonterminals.ca.

    Thank you