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Tis’ the Season… of Giving

Giving of time, money and goods is a notion that is emphasized even more during the holiday season at Groupe Somavrac. To encourage this dedication to community organizations, the company organizes annual activities for its employees to get them involved in the movement.

Decorating Contest at the Head Office

For the holiday season, to brighten up the head office, a challenge was issued to each department to decorate their workspace in an original and festive way. To motivate all employees to participate, the department receiving the highest score from the jury had the opportunity to donate $1,000 to the cause of their choice. The departments had a great time on November 25th while decorating their offices. Four departments received the highest score from the judges. As a result, they each donated $250 to the following causes: Artisans de la Paix, COMSEP, the Breakfast Club and Moisson Mauricie. Congratulations to all the participants for bringing some holiday magic to the offices!

Reading for Christmas with COMSEP

For the 3rd consecutive year, Groupe Somavrac and Librairie L’Exèdre  collaborated in offering books to the children of the community organization COMSEP. This organization gives back daily to the residents of Trois-Rivières who live in poverty by helping them obtain better living conditions.

The donation of books was born from a desire to have a direct impact on the community. As a result, Groupe Somavrac asked COMSEP officials how to offer the best gift to the children served by the organization during the holiday season. The donated books are intended to help the children and their families learn and improve their French language skills.

During the first edition, in 2019, the company gave books to 62 children. In 2020, this number was increased to 82 children and this year, in 2021, 85 children received a book for Christmas.

To convey the Christmas spirit, each book was wrapped and identified by some of Groupe Somavrac employees. The books were hand-delivered before Christmas to each of the children, who were kind enough to make cards for the Groupe Somavrac.

The 2021 edition was therefore a success, much to our delight!

Food donations for Moisson Mauricie

Over the past few years, Groupe Somavrac has called upon the generosity of its employees by collecting things for various causes. Last year, the purpose was to collect used books for COMSEP as well as accessories for the animals of the Mauricie SPA. This year, the purpose of the boxes was to encourage employees to donate food for Moisson Mauricie. Over 45 kg of food was collected by the employees of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec regions. Thanks again to all those who participated!

Record Year of Donations to Centraide

For many years, the company has organized an internal fundraising campaign to support Centraide. The money raised is used, among other things, to support the success of young people and to ensure essentials for families in need. This year, employee participation was a huge success! In fact, they raised over $4,500 for the organization. Groupe Somavrac is very proud of the kindness and involvement of its employees and has also added an amount to bring the donation up to $7’ 000. Everyone’s generosity has once again exceeded expectations!

Discover Servichem

Excerpted from an interview with William-Olivier Masson, Director of Operations for Servichem and Chloretec since February 2020

Get to know Servichem in this article.

Servichem is one of the oldest subsidiaries of Groupe Somavrac. It joined the Groupe Somavrac team in 1985, setting up in Ville Sainte-Catherine, on the South Shore of Montreal.

Service and facility specializations

Servichem offers modern, efficient infrastructure to provide stevedoring, warehousing, handling, and transformation services for dry and liquid bulk. Servichem can also leverage its access to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Its strategic waterfront position enables Servichem to load and unload ships. The company can then provide full-service logistics, including bagging, warehousing, and rail transshipping. The products Servichem handles most frequently are salt and calcium chloride, two products distributed by sister Groupe Somavrac subsidiaries Somavrac C.C. and UBA to a number of industries, including mining, highways, and construction.

The various products handled are warehoused in tanks, silos, or domes. These facilities are located near docks to warehouse products unloaded from trains or ships. Two domes are used to warehouse products that can be transferred by rail or truck. Servichem can also accommodate thirty to forty 90-ton railcars. Its exterior warehousing capacity exceeds 27,000 square meters.

“We help and support customers to make sure things go smoothly.”

Servichem also provides automatic, semi-automatic, and manual bagging services. The company uses an automated FFS line to bag salt (both treated and untreated), at a rate of 20 bags per minute. That’s the fastest machine in the industry. Servichem also has two manual lines for small and large formats (10 kg, 20 kg, and 35 kg) used especially for calcium chloride. Servichem’s semi-automatic line handles the large-format bagging of a variety of products.

The benefits of choosing Servichem

Servichem operations are highly versatile. The subsidiary provides a wide range of solutions and movements that can be adapted to meet customers’ every need. Servichem’s proximity to customers and high responsiveness are two of its main assets. Whether it involves taking charge of stevedoring operations, full warehousing, or shipping logistics, Servichem can provide end-to-end services for its customers’ products.

4 Reasons to Choose Groupe Somavrac and Its Handling and Transformation Service

Manutention et transformation

Groupe Somavrac specializes in five distinct services to provide customers with turnkey end-to-end logistics solutions. Product handling and transformation are two of these services. Discover the benefits of calling on Groupe Somavrac for these two services in this short blog post.

Serving a Wide Variety of Industries

Groupe Somavrac serves many industries through its handling and transformation services, including the chemical, construction, agriculture, automotive, water treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining, aluminum, and cement industries. Thanks to its logistics experts, the company provides services that are tailored to the specifics of every industry it serves.

A Solution-Based Approach

Nothing is impossible for Groupe Somavrac – it’s all about transforming issues into opportunities to develop new solutions. The team of professionals that provide handling and transformation services develop robust, structured, and appealing logistics solutions. Company experts are keenly responsive: from the get-go, they listen closely to develop a solid understanding of customer needs and provide the most efficient and cost-effective logistics solution. The engineering department works closely with operations to develop processes that meet the various needs of the customer base.

 

“Customers are the focal point of what we do. We are committed to working closely together to solve every issue they may face.”                       

 

A Wide Variety of Handling Operations

Products that are handled and transformed can be received in totes, drums, small bags, big bags, or in bulk. Groupe Somavrac experts offer a full range of services for product handling and transformation: the team can oversee bagging, debagging, transshipping, dilution mixing, formula development, toll manufacturing, warehousing, and more. Inventory management is also available to ensure efficient tracking of customer products.

Such varied handling operations are available for a wide range of products. Whether it’s hazardous or non-hazardous chemicals, liquid or dry product, in bulk or in bags, Groupe Somavrac has the experts to meet your needs.

Turnkey Service

Groupe Somavrac’s strategically positioned facilities mean the company can provide multimodal handling services. Company terminals are located near the St. Lawrence River and major highways for turnkey service. Cargo arriving by ship can be unloaded, handled, transformed, then shipped out by rail or truck. Groupe Somavrac professionals have developed renowned expertise in chemical handling and can provide handling and transformation services that meet your every need and expectation.

Keep reading our blog posts to learn more about the services Groupe Somavrac offers!

5 reasons to choose Groupe Somavrac ans its stevedoring service

Groupe Somavrac’s supply chain and logistics expertise is what sets the company apart and enables it to provide a full range of services. In this article, we focus on one specific service – stevedoring. Here are five good reasons to choose Groupe Somavrac and its stevedoring service.

A HUMAN APPROACH

The stevedoring service our team of experts provides stands out from the competition, in part thanks to the personal touch we promote throughout the supply chain and logistics process. Whether it’s in terms of transparent information sharing, proximity to customers, frequent interactions with them, or customization measures implemented on their behalf, Groupe Somavrac takes care to build solid relations with its customers. We work together with customers and carriers so that everyone involved in the stevedoring service can leverage our professionals’ proactive approach. That kind of collaboration helps maintain good relations with key parties throughout the supply chain and ensure overall satisfaction every step of the way. All of it is made possible thanks to the ready availability of our experts. Examples of this collaboration include making sanitary facilities available to carriers in one of our terminals and the measures we have set up to reduce their turnaround time and maximize the efficiency of their supply chain.

 

“THE SOMAVRAC TEAM IS PASSIONATE ABOUT STEVEDORING. THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED ON THAT DRIVE AND IT SHINES THROUGH IN THE SERVICE WE PROVIDE OUR CUSTOMERS.”

 

 HANDLING A WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS

Over the years, Somavrac has handled a wide variety of products that can be loaded onto and unloaded from ships. In fact, excluding a few specific products, Groupe Somavrac can handle any type of dry bulk, bagged material, semi-bulk, or liquid bulk through its stevedoring service. From fertilizers to mine products, de-icing salts, and general cargo, our team of experts can meet your every stevedoring need. Our versatility and flexibility make it possible for our company to serve a number of industries, including agribusiness, mining, chemicals, cement plants, pulp and paper mills, and many more.

STRATEGIC TERMINALS

One of the elements that separates Groupe Somavrac’s stevedoring service from the rest is the strategic location of its terminals. Most of its terminals are positioned along the Saint Lawrence River, in several different locations to best meet our customers’ needs. Some of our terminals feature nearby warehousing areas and are located near railways or major roadway access points for optimal transportation of cargo. Several of our terminals are also equipped with tank farms for liquid bulk, to make it possible to warehouse a wider range of products.

 SHIP LIGHTENING SERVICE

Groupe Somavrac’s stevedoring services also include ship lightening. Lightening consists of partially unloading a ship of its cargo to lower its weight below the draft limits of its final destination, such as when heading toward the Great Lakes. Lightening helps customers optimize load volumes from overseas by unloading imported cargo in several locations. It also enables customers to develop a new market in Quebec. The areas Groupe Somavrac serves can be great places to optimize the supply chain and logistics of customers with needs in Quebec and the Great Lakes area.

TURNKEY SERVICE

Naturally, Groupe Somavrac specializes in a wide variety of logistics services to provide you with turnkey solutions. As such, our team of experts can simply oversee stevedoring, but it can also warehouse, handle, transform, or transport your cargo. Such services can include the bagging, solution preparation, or transshipping of various products.

Learn more about the services Groupe Somavrac offers!

5 reasons to choose Groupe Somavrac and its transportation service

Excerpted from an interview with Martin Deschamps, Transportation Director for Transport Somavrac and Transport Servitank since 2017

Groupe Somavrac is a team of professionals who offer services that meet your needs. Read on to learn five good reasons to do business with our company when it comes to transportation services.

HIGH AVAILABILITY

Our team of experts is available 24/7 to meet your needs. With a dedicated mechanical repair shop and the expert support of Groupe Somavrac’s 9 other subsidiaries, Transport Servitank and Transport Somavrac professionals can provide custom transportation service 365 days a year.

WIDESPREAD COVERAGE AND INDUSTRIES SERVED

We provide transportation services for a wide range of industries, including pulp and paper, cement, agriculture, water treatment, aluminum, chemicals, and more. Our transportation subsidiaries provide custom service across Quebec, Ontario, Eastern Canada, and the northeastern US. Our strategic locations bring us closer to our customers and enhance our efficiency.

 

“WHAT WE TAKE PRIDE IN, WHAT DRIVES OUR SUCCESS, IS OUR TEAM OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS, THE CARE WE TAKE IN EVERYTHING WE DO, AND THE DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIPS WE BUILD WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.”

 

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Our entire fleet is equipped with ISAAC systems that enable us to track deliveries, communicate in real time with our drivers, and keep better more complete maintenance records. Various types of tankers are available to our customers – cryogenic, chemical, insulated, and pneumatic – as well as closed and dumper trailers. Our team’s expertise when it comes to dry and liquid bulk and transporting hazardous materials is an invaluable asset for our customers.

PERSONALIZED CUSTOMER CARE

Our team can take over end-to-end operations to provide turnkey service. Whether you need someone to maintain equipment, generate performance reports, or supply materials based on a telemetry system, our transportation professionals have a solution for you!

PROFESSIONALISM

Choosing Groupe Somavrac means doing business with a team of dedicated professionals. Our teams are there to meet your every need, day and night!

Would like to try out our transportation service? Learn more about our Transport Servitank and Transport Somavrac subsidiaries.

5 Reasons to Choose Groupe Somavrac and Its Complete Logistics Service

Excerpted from an interview with Mikael Gagnon, Business Development Manager at Groupe Somavrac since 2017.

We are experts in dealing with chemicals and hazardous materials

We offer full-service product-handling logistics, even for hazardous materials, for industries such as mining or pulp and paper. The Groupe Somavrac team has the equipment and expertise to handle and transform cargo, no matter the specifics (gas, flammable, corrosive, etc.), with the particular skills and knowledge applicable regulations and work methods require.

The company has owned and operated chemical manufacturing plants since 1999. As a result, we’ve developed unique expertise over the years when it comes to handling these types of cargo. We are now in a position to handle over thirty different kinds of hazardous material.

We let customers focus on their core business

Given the labour shortage, companies are having a hard time finding specialized workers in their respective industries. Hiring additional employees to oversee raw material procurement and shipping means making significant efforts in terms of staffing, training, health and safety, and inventory management. Having to add internal logistics specialists to personnel significantly reduces the time the company can spend on the key activity that drives their success.

Customers are increasingly seeking to stay focused on their core service offering and delegate related tasks to experts in those fields. Logistics is a great example: Groupe Somavrac can take over operations including cargo stevedoring, warehousing, transportation, and handling and transformation so customers can focus on their core business.

 

“Groupe Somavrac has always been responsive to customer needs and proactive in developing solutions that require research, development, and significant investments.”

 

We offer full customization

We can adapt our service to various types of bulk (solid or liquid), material (acids, bases, etc.), and transformation (preparing solutions, sifting, etc.). Over time, the company has built a diverse customer base thanks to its custom logistics offering. Whether dealing with cement, ore concentrates, or fertilizers, Groupe Somavrac has always been responsive to customer needs and proactive in developing solutions that require research, development, and significant investments.

We help import large volumes, export small volumes, and vice versa

Our pivotal position on the shores of the Saint Lawrence is a strategic gateway to America, the Great Lakes, and the American Northeast.

This strategic position on the Saint Lawrence Seaway enables us to receive large volumes of imported cargo and raw materials. Our teams then get to work to transfer and forward them efficiently across North America. We also make it easier to transport cargo for export markets, with a seamless transition between road, rail, and maritime transportation.

We help optimize overall costs

As the company can provide a wide range of services, it’s a one-stop shop for complete logistics. No need to deal with four or five different service providers to unload and warehouse your cargo. We have the facilities and handling equipment to do the work simply and cost effectively.

Your logistics operations can all be handled by multimodal handling specialists in a single, safe location that is specially designed for multimodal operations! Not to mention the simpler administrative aspect of dealing with one invoice, one contract, one set of inventory tracking, and one contact person.

Christmas Mission!

Don de livres COMSEP

To celebrate the holiday season properly, Groupe Somavrac has organized several activities to give back to its community!

Christmas reading with COMSEP

This year again, we donated books to children of the COMSEP organization. This Popular Education Organization brings together people living in poverty who try to improve their living conditions. The idea of donating books to this organization came from our desire to be more involved in our community, while giving useful gifts to children.

Last year, the company donated 62 books to the children of the organization in partnership with a local bookstore (Libraire L’Exèdre). This year, a total of 82 books were given in partnership with the same local bookstore. In addition to that, most of the books donated are either by Quebec or Canadian authors, illustrators, or publishing houses to encourage the local culture and economy.

Also, employees had the chance to donate to the organization by giving their used books to replenish the COMSEP library. Over 5 large boxes full of used books were donated this way to the organization. The generosity of our employees has once again exceeded expectations!

 

Donation of Blankets and Accessories to SPA Mauricie

This year, in addition to book collection bins at the head office, bins for the SPA Mauricie, a local pet shelter, three collection boxes were set up so that employees could donate comforters, cushions and other accessories for cats and dogs. The three bins were filled and there is no doubt that the pets at the SPA Mauricie will benefit from the generosity of the Groupe Somavrac employees.

Drawing Competition

Every year, the company sends holiday greeting cards to its customers. To change things a bit, this year we organized a drawing competition with our employees’ children. The winning drawing would then be used as a virtual card! In addition, our winner had the opportunity to choose a foundation of his or her choice to which the company would donate $ 1,000. This is how Evan Lyrette, our HR colleague Carine Harton’s son won and gave to the Mira Foundation. Thanks to his beautiful drawing entitled “Christmas at Somavrac” we sent unique cards to our customers while giving back to a good cause.

2020 edition of our Denim Days for the Cause campaign

Groupe Somavrac is proud to have participated in fundraising with Dumoulin Competition’s Race Against Cancer for the Quebec Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the various activities organized by the Groupe Somavrac employees, we are proud to announce that 10 200$ will be donated to the cause this year.

Even though the world took in recent months, cancer did. It is in this spirit that Groupe Somavrac employees organized the following fundraising activities to give for the cause.

First, the traditional Denim Days for the Cause were back from June to the end of September. The concept is very simple: every Friday, employees can wear denim to the office in exchange for a small amount that goes directly to the cause. Plus, did you know that it is this concept started this whole movement?

Second, tickets to win local gift baskets of regional businesses were sold to employees. The money raised was entirely donated to the cause, plus this allowed us to encourage local companies. The baskets came from the companies: Marée Chandelles, Le Temps d´une Pinte, Domaine et Vins Gélinas, Le Panetier and Passion Lavande and were greatly appreciated by the winners.

Third, to comply with government guidelines put in place in July, denim masks were sold to the employees. The beautiful masks produced by ML Creation, a local company, were a real success and really paid off.

« The large number of activities organized, and employees who participate, show how well the values ​​of the Paquin family have been conveyed to the employees of Groupe Somavrac »

Simon Cossette, Groupe Somavrac’s employee

Thank you to all the participants who make a true difference in the fight against cancer!

Agricultural Industry – 5 reasons to do business with a logistics expert

Groupe Somavrac had been handling the agricultural industries’ supply chain from stevedoring to transportation for many years now and has built a solid reputation amongst this industry by offering services tailored to their needs and processes. In fact, did you know that the 5 largest users or buyers of fertilizers in Quebec go through Groupe Somavrac facilities? Discover 5 reasons these companies do business with a logistics expert such as Groupe Somavrac.

  1. Every step of the way
    From stevedoring to transportation, you can be sure that your products are in good hands; those of Groupe Somavrac and its subsidiaries. Whether your goods arrive by boat, railcar or truck, the company has the expertise to offer you stevedoring, warehousing, handling, processing and even transportation services. Liquid or solid bulk, Groupe Somavrac takes care of unloading or loading ships to external or internal warehouses.
  2. Operational flexibility
    An internal committee made up of members of senior management, engineering, health, safety, and environment departments provide a personalized service to meet your specific needs. These professionals are there to help you rethink your supply chain, design, and build special tanks or even automatically blend or toll your additive all depending on your requirements.
  3. Focus on your operations, not on your supply chain!
    Groupe Somavrac handles your supply chain which allows you to focus on your core business. In addition to unloading and storing your material, the company can free you from special blends or mixtures and transportation. Your product reaches the desired location safely, promptly, and effortlessly!
  4. Respect for the environment – sustainable agriculture
    Groupe Somavrac aims for efficiency in every stage of the supply chain. This often means frugality but also sustainability. Tanks are installed onsite and pumps and piping on our terminals reach these tanks, allowing us to save thousands of kilometers per year by avoiding these little trips. Moreover, automating all fertilizers in one place for several of your different customers reduces the distance traveled by transporters.
  5. A personalized approach and a professional team to meet your needs
    The experts working at Groupe Somavrac strives to offer the best services, and not in a generic way. Each of the company’s customers has different requirements and the service offering for these is tailored to their needs.

Choosing Groupe Somavrac means choosing expertise and experience suited to your needs! Do not hesitate to contact one of our experts.

Environment Week at Groupe Somavrac

Semaine de l'environnement

 

This year again, Groupe Somavrac organized an environment week. During this week, several activities aimed at raising employee awareness concerning environmental respect for the planet took place. Videos and blog posts were shared with employees. In addition, several competitions aimed at zero waste, the reduction of greenhouse gases as well as the implementation of new ecological measures also took place.

 

Sharing information via email

Due to the pandemic, Groupe Somavrac provided environmental information through videos and blog articles to its employees. A video concerning compost and a video giving tips and tricks to reduce waste were sent to employees. In addition, two other DIY-style videos (do-it-yourself) to create non-toxic household cleaning products and soaps were shared.

Finally, 4 blog articles about greenwashing, applications to reduce food waste, waste reduction as well as upcycling from the kitchen into practical items were sent to all of Groupe Somavrac employees.

 

Friendly competitions

We challenged our employees to go zero-waste for their lunches aiming to decrease and spread awareness towards single-use plastic at lunch. To increase participation participants had a chance to win a “zero waste” kit.

We also organized “the responsible car use challenge”. The goal of this challenge was to promote carpooling, cycling, walking and the use of public transport to reduce greenhouse. Over 175 kilometers were saved July 20th through 24th thanks to this competition.

A last competition was launched to all subsidiaries, the goal of this one was to collect environmental improvement suggestions to be implemented within the company. Here are some suggestions that we received: informative posters about recycling, a second deposit box for returnable containers, installation of motion detector lights in the bathrooms and a deposit box for pens, markers, permanent and others. These suggestions will be put in place in the company in September.

Saint Lawrence Gateway at Breakbulk Americas Houston

Saint Lawrence Gateway au Breakbulk Americas Houston

A consortium of companies from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

[Groupe SomavracTransport Bellemare InternationalPort de Trois-Rivières,Transport ChaînéLogistec and Genesee & Wyoming] will be attending the Breakbulk Americas event October 2nd to October 4th in Houston.

Promoting services of stevedoring, warehousing and heavy haul transport, you will be able to meet these seven companies. They are going to be under the name of « Saint Lawrence Gateway at booth 320.

Don’t delay – ask for your dust suppressant quote today!

Get a head start on summer and contact Somavrac C.C. today for your dust suppressant quote. 

Although we’re experiencing frigid temperatures and summer still seems so far away, now is the time to ask for your dust suppressant quote for the summer season. Dust suppressants are available in liquid and flake formats, and our specialists are there to help guide you in choosing the best solution for your needs.

Did you know that in summertime, the hygroscopic nature of calcium chloride can draw moisture out of the air and trap it at ground level to prevent dust from rising when vehicles drive by? Somavrac C.C. offers two options, depending on your budget and facilities. The first has municipality operators apply calcium chloride flakes (Xtra85), while the second is a turnkey solution for the application of Liquidow™ liquid calcium chloride.

Services offered by Somavrac C.C. regarding the application of Liquidow™ liquid calcium chloride include

  • On-site analysis of specific needs by one of our representatives
  • Quotes/estimates/product proposals
  • Road stabilization service
  • Liquidow™ dust suppressant spreading
  • Technical work site assistance

To make the most of our efficient, proactive service or to learn more about high-performance de-icing agents and dust suppressants, contact Somavrac C.C. today: 1 800 563-3313 | info@somcc.com

™Trademark of Occidental Chemical Corporation.

First vessel of the year in Trois-Rivieres

Ellensborg_1er-navire-2019-Port-Trois-Rivières

The Ellensborg is the first ocean vessel from a foreign port to land at the Port of Trois-Rivières in 2019. It reached the port on January 7th at 2:24 pm after a 25-day crossing over the Atlantic.

The vessel, with about 15 crew members of Thai nationality, left the port of Lüderitz in Namibia on December 14, 2018 which is unloaded by Somavrac for CEZinc company.

Mrs. Danielle St-Amand, President of the Board of Directors of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority states: “To win the title of the 1st vessel, it [the vessel] must come from a foreign port, and must have made his crossing without making a stopover before arriving at Trois-Rivières to carry out a loading or unloading operation at the port “.

At the 53rd ceremony marking the arrival of the first vessel of the year at the Port of Trois-Rivières, the captain, Mr. Meemongkhon Choorith and the chief engineer Mr. Singh-Sa Suthep, received the painting « A port, a team » , by Madame Caroline St-Pierre, a painter from the Mauricie region as well as a basket of regional products.

Mr. Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the TRPA, recalled that Somavrac handles mining products for various mining and refining plants located in Quebec, Ontario and the United States, from its facilities at Port of Trois-Rivières.

Source : Sarah Dubé, Port de Trois-Rivières

7 actions Groupe Somavrac has taken to reduce its ecological footprint

Empreinte écologique, Groupe Somavrac, ecological footprint

Since environmental innovation is one of the company’s priorities, Groupe Somavrac is constantly looking for ways to improve its ecological footprint. Here are some of the concrete actions it has taken to this end.

 

1. Environment week:

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the company hosts an annual Environment Week. This year, four activities were organized over the course of the week to teach employees how to reduce their ecological footprint, including a composting workshop, a veganism workshop, tips and tricks to reduce their ecological footprint, etc.

 

2. Rigorous compliance audits:

Groupe Somavrac’s Health, Safety and Environment department rigorously audits processes in place to ensure that all environmental standards are met and surpassed.

 

3. Crisis simulations:

Several crisis simulations are conducted each year to prepare employees to act quickly in the event of an environmental crisis, thereby limiting associated damages.

 

4. Recycling programs for paper, cardboard, batteries, cell phones, fluorescent tubes and obsolete electronic equipment:

In addition to recycling paper and cardboard, boxes are available for Groupe Somavrac employees to discard used batteries. Fluorescent tubes are routed to one of the 6 drop-off points of the RecycFluo program in the Mauricie region, and computer equipment is sent to specialized recycling companies.

 

5. Crisis management plan:

Groupe Somavrac’s crisis management plan calls for communication with the Ministry of Environment as soon as an incident occurs to limit any impact on the environment.

 

6. Members of the Green Marine program:

Subsidiaries Servitank (Plant 16) and Porlier are members of Green Marine, an environmental program for ports and terminals. The following performance indicators track the issues the program addresses: greenhouse gases and air pollutants, leak and spill prevention, solid bulk handling and storage, harmonization of uses, environmental leadership and environmental management of residual materials.

 

7. Participation in the “Défi Sans Auto Solo”:

Every year, Groupe Somavrac takes part in “Défi sans auto solo”, which challenges citizens to reduce car use. Through this initiative, the company has managed to save more than 100 kilograms of CO2 this year!

Culture week

Semaine de la culture

Groupe Somavrac likes to offer its support to the cultural sector. Why culture? Because it brings people together and enriches the spirit.

Indeed, the family spirit that reigns within the company goes hand in hand with the unifying aspect that emerges from culture. In addition, the company is in a field that requires creativity and development of divergent thinking, especially to optimize or carry out logistic projects for customers. In additation, the corporate services must use their creativity to help develop the company.

From September 24 to 28, the communications and marketing department organized a Culture Week. Visual, culinary and literary arts: were put forward during this week. Each day had a different theme to allow employees to demonstrate or discover an artistic talent. Here is a brief overview of the activities organized during this week

  • A painting canvas has been installed to allow employees to give free rein to their creativity
  • A private show was organized with the best singers and guitarists of the company
  • A literary activity was held during dinner time with an artist from the region
  • A poetic journey was affixed on the walls of the offices

Several studies suggest that culture has health and moral benefits. Cultural participants are “less stressed and less engaged in a routine, and very satisfied with their lives […].”[1] A week is not enough to bring out such benefits, but it brought other benefits such as knowing our colleagues from a different angle: the pastry programmer, the administrative assistant who is an artist or the fine pen of our college in the health, safety and environment department.


[1] DOYON Frédérique, Étude – La culture, c’est bon pour le moral et la santé?, [En ligne], https://www.ledevoir.com/culture/370064/la-culture-c-est-bon-pour-le-moral-et-la-sante, (page consultée le 26 septembre 2018)

Business Case: stevedoring and transport of oversized parts

arrimage et transport de modules surdimensionnées

On Québec’s North Shore, Porlier Express is a leading industrial partner, thanks to its broad service offer that includes multimodal handling services, terminal management as part of industrial outsourcing, and various logistics projects.

Last year, Porlier Express had the opportunity to bring its multimodal handling expertise to life by providing oversized docking and transport of oversized modules. This operation included part transfers from a vessel to a trailer.

Main challenges for the client

  • Deadline to meet (8 hours)
  • A total of nine parts were to be handled, two which were oversized :
    – Weight: 70 metric tons
    – Dimensions: 16 ‘and 8 “wide / 54’ ‘and 11’ ‘long / 15’ ‘and 3’ high;
  • Health and safety constraints due to the size and weight of the parts
  • Degraded / damaged road

Solutions offered by Porlier Express *

  • Ship cranes were used to unload parts on a multi-line trailer
  • A platform for securing parts on trucks in a safety zone was used
  • Grading and road improvement for approximately one kilometer to ensure safe transportation

Results and impacts for the client

  • The project was completed in 6 hours
  • The plant was able to continue operations quickly
  • The operation was carried out without incident and impact on the environment

Porlier Express demonstrates, once again, in choosing Porlier Express, customers reduce inherent operational risks, maximize productivity, and can focus on their operations and core industrial activities.

Business case: tank and injection system design for the agricultural industry

Engrais, Servitank

Adding additives to fertilizer recipes helps adjust the product to various farmlands, based on the nutritional deficiencies found in the soil.

This step (addition of additives) adds to the agricultural supply chain, which in turn reduces the number of possible deliveries. Most of the time, adding additives is done manually for each fertilizer, which also significantly increases delivery time. These two issues raise the following question: how can we offer a personalized fertilizer to each customer without increasing delivery time and reducing the number of deliveries?

Servitank solutions*

Servitank supports blends that inject additives directly into an automated pipeline controlled by programmable logic controllers. The automation of this process makes the manufacturing of tailored fertilizers simple, flexible, and fast.

Reservoirs, pumps, and pipes have been installed and adapted to the process of adding additives directly to the Servitank terminal for agribusiness customers.

Customer results and impacts

Customers using this tailored solution for the agricultural industry have highlighted several positive impacts:

  • Green logistics chain: simplified logistics (200 km shorter route) and the reduction of greenhouse gases and transportation costs.
  • Fast and efficient delivery times make it possible to ship across the province and to Ontario (at the beginning and end of the season).

* Of course, proposed solutions include health, safety, and environment aspects [training, procedures, risk/environmental analysis, and emergency plans].

6 Things to Consider When Selecting a Mining Concentrate Handler

Arrimage, stevedoring, Groupe Somavrac

Tons of rocks and minerals are transported and unloaded at different various ports each year. This essential step in the logistics chain must be supported by a logistics service provider that cares about the environment and provides safe and efficient operational management of cargo.

Since mining concentrate shipping operations require a variety of operational skills, you should seek to do business with a long-term partner that you can rely on rather than a basic supplier. Here are a few tips to help you find a real “gem” ;).

 

1. Appropriate facilities 

Make sure the supplier [future partner] who you want to handle your mining concentrate is strategically positioned. To do so, ask yourself: which corridors best match the desired transport logistics? Depending on the quantities and characteristics of the cargo, railways, roads or waterways will help best meet your needs. Briefly, here are some facility features you should consider with your supplier: technical installation specifications [water depths, tide, access and port infrastructures], maritime and road traffic, demurrage/wharfage fees, and other related user fees. The supplier can show you a schematic representation (e.g. flowchart) of the various intermodal or combined transport solutions available to you and the associated costs.

 

2. Equipment and working methods 

Cargo characteristics [dry bulk, moisture content, stickiness or powder] must be taken into account during handling. The supplier must therefore be familiar with the compatibility between types of cargo [if applicable] and have diverse handling equipment adapted to the characteristics of products. Facilities should include a variety of items such as railcar and truck loading and unloading stations or ship loading and unloading facilities that integrate effectively for smart cargo handling sequencing. An experienced supplier knows how to limit losses, improve safety and expedite delivery through its equipment and working methods, even in adverse weather conditions. The knowledge of your supplier at this level will be reflected in their portfolio of achievements. Do not hesitate to ask for this kind of information.

 

3. Health and safety 

Mine efforts in health, safety and environment must be consistent with those of their logistics provider. Here are some statistics to go over with them:
– Existence of a health, safety and environment department within the company
– Health and safety program with regular internal audits
– Employee training: of what kind? Is it up to date;?
– Incident rate over the last few years
– Severity and frequency rates
– Crisis management plan in place

 

4. Competitive pricing

In terms of handling, efficiency equals savings. This is not set in stone ;), but the years of experience of a logistics handler can give you an idea of ​​its efficiency and ability to minimize product loss. Feel free to validate how long the supplier has handled your type of cargo and how often they do so in a year. In addition, for this type of product, ask about the loading and unloading rates in tons per hour and operational parameters (ship unloading times, etc.). Simply make sure that the price quoted by your provider meets your expectations.

 

5. Environmental care and dust control

The health and safety of the public and employees, as well as the protection of the environment, must always be considered first when handling your cargo. To ensure that your supplier shares your concerns about these aspects, check that :
– The supplier has never caused major damage to the environment nor has bad press about it.
– Cleanliness is a business practice.
– Storage sites are near loading and unloading areas.
– The supplier has equipment and site maintenance procedures (mechanical broom sweepers).
– Conveyors for the transfer of goods are covered and well-laid out or transfers are made inside the warehouses.

 

6. Ability to meet specific needs

Remember that each supplier has its specialty and ability to meet your specific needs, particularly concerning bulk product handling. Therefore, validate the openness the supplier demonstrates regarding your quality control or inventory requests, for example. Also consider the offer of related products such as dust suppressants, pH control, nitrates, liquefied natural gas, etc.

That is a quick overview of things to look for when seeking out a good business partner. Supplier facilities and skills are important, but their attitude, which includes listening, responsiveness and dedication, is just as important!

Take a look at terminal 13 !

Groupe Somavrac, service d'arrimage

The operation of Terminal 13 at the Port of Trois-Rivières by Somavrac, specialized in stevedoring (loading and unloading) of vessels and in solid and liquid bulk storage, is well underway. This expansion at the Port of Trois-Rivières increases the stevedoring and storage capacities of Somavrac.

Well established at the Port of Trois-Rivières since its founding in 1963, Somavrac recently signed a long-term agreement with the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA). This helps meet the growing demand for stevedoring (loading and unloading) and bulk storage in Trois-Rivières.


As a leader in stevedoring (loading and unloading of vessels), Somavrac has developed, over the years, a real expertise in the handling and storage of solid and liquid bulk products, as well as in the handling of chemical products for various industries (mining, cement, pulp and paper, agri-food, etc.).

Somavrac is strategically positioned in 8 ports in Quebec, including the Port of Trois-Rivières, which stands out for its proximity to highways 55 and 40 and serves a vast area. The terminal 13 is in close proximity to a daily rail service providing a complete chain of logistics: marine, rail and road.

With an area of exactly 247,569.94 square feet, Terminal 13 allows Somavrac to increase its stevedoring capacity (loading and unloading of vessels) and its storage space at the Port of Trois-Rivières.

The quay is equipped with two docking areas to accommodate several liquid bulk, dry bulk, project and general cargo vessel loading and unloading. Furthermore, it allows a large storage space to accommodate solid bulk products for storage.


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* Somavrac meets high standards of quality and environmental compliance.

Gala ExcelCieArt

Gagnant Servitank

On september 30th, our subsidary Transport Servitank, was recognized at the ExcelCiArt Gala at the convention center in Trois-Rivières.

The award is in recognition of the teams leadership and work on the project which aims to supply the liquefied natural gaz. Congratulations to everyone for this award!

Breakbulk Americas

Port de Trois-Rivières, Groupe Somavrac

Groupe Somavrac is a member of GROUPÉ, a group of business people in the Mauricie and South Shore regions that contributes to economic development and diversification.

To do so, GROUPÉ promotes engaging entrepreneurs to develop business projects that tackle common issues or seize shared opportunities. As a member of the transportation, logistics, warehousing and aerospace sectoral table, Groupe Somavrac participated on October 17 to 18 at Breakbulk Americas Exhibition in Houston, Texas. Along with other companies in the area, Groupe Somavrac has represent the company in H-Town to promote its non-standard handling services.

The newest terminal on the St. Lawrence River to be operated by Groupe Somavrac

Groupe Somavrac, port de Trois-Rivières

The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) and Groupe Somavrac announced on July 3rd the signing of a long-term agreement to operate Terminal 13 at the Port of Trois-Rivières.

This terminal, with a surface area of 23,000 m2, as well as Pier 13, was restored in 2016 and has been in operation since January 2017. This agreement allows Somavrac to expand its services. In additionto these two vessel berths, Terminal 13 provides an outdoor storage area accommodating a wide variety of products. The terminal provides effective rail and road links along with a network of pipelines connected to reservoirs located further north. It also offers access to two solid bulk facilities located nearby. It has become a comprehensive multimodal storage platform.

Mr. Marc Paquin, President of Groupe Somavrac, explained that “Terminal 13 will enable Somavrac to better serve its customers. With its versatility and quality of maritime, road and rail access, it is well adapted to the complexity of our customers’ supply chains. In addition to this infrastructure, Somavrac offers advanced equipment and expertise recognized throughout the logistics industry.

This agreement consolidates a well-established business relationship with the Port of Trois-Rivières since our company was founded in 1963, and we are very proud of this.” [Translation] Mr. Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the TRPA, is very pleased with the agreement with Somavrac. As he explained, “it strengthens our partnership with a company recognized for its excellence, and the Port of Trois-Rivières has always been able to rely on their quality and competitive logistics services. This agreement allows the Port of Trois-Rivières to continue providing high quality services to its users. The stability of the workforce is also assured with the signing in February of a 9-year collective agreement between the Maritime Employers Association and the Longshoremen’s Union”. [Translation]

Source: Virginie Deschambeaul, Director of Communications at Trois-Rivières Port Authority

Review of 2016

UBA

This end of the year is the time to review the events that marked the year 2016

 

Acquisition of Kencro Chemicals

Groupe Somavrac proceeded with the acquisition of Kencro Chemicals. In business for 28 years, Kencro Chemicals specializes in the sale and distribution of chemicals in various formats. An expertise that made Kencro Chemicals the perfect complement for UBA, a subsidiary of the Groupe Somavrac .

New services offered

Transport Servitank acquired nine tanks for the transport of liquefied natural gas to provide services to a new customer located at about 350 km north of Chibougamau.

New Territories Served

Groupe Somavrac now has a foothold in Port-Daniel Gascon. A new team dedicated to the Ciment McInnins marine terminal has been in place since last September.

Involvement in various causes

Acting as a corporate citizen is important for Goupe Somavrac. Major donations were given to the following organizations in 2016: Fondation régionale pour la santé de Trois-Rivières, Fondation du centre de réadaptation InterVal, Centraide Mauricie and Fondation Centre le Havre. The employees of Groupe Somavrac have been more significantly involved with the Fondation québécoise du cancer through the sale of a button with the effigy of liver cancer from which one of their colleagues Geneviève passed away last year.

60 years of UBA

UBA celebrates a historic anniversary this year: 60 years of operation of the company! It is with pride that we celebrate a business anniversary. This brings forward the objectives we wish to pursue for the coming years: solidity and continuity.

 

These highlights of 2016 would not be possible without the efforts and contributions of employees. Thank you and congratulations to the employees.

10 good reasons to do business with Groupe Somavrac

Groupe Somavrac, service

Discover 10 good reasons to do business with the Groupe Somavrac.

 

1. Human and personal approach

The company offers a business to business (B2B) service. However, the customer approach is more H2H (human to human) which refers to the human contact that is essential to a successful customer experience. For the Groupe Somavrac, the balance between digital and traditional channels is important to offer a cohesive and personalized experience to customers.

 

2. Terminals in Quebec and Ontario

From Mississauga to Montreal and Sept-Îles, Groupe Somavrac operates fifteen terminals in Quebec and Ontario. Consult our interactive map to see the strategic positioning of Groupe Somavrac.

 

3. Turnkey service to avoid major headaches

With Groupe Somavrac, you no longer need to coordinate with three or four suppliers for transportation or distribution of your goods. Groupe Somavrac has the skills to organize and manage the complete handling of your goods.

 

4. Each to his own job! Groupe Somavrac takes charge of your logistical tasks

Each subsidiary excels in its own expertise: stevedoring, storage, transportation, handling / transformation and chemical distribution. The strength of the group enables the Groupe Somavrac to partially of fully free the customer from logistics activities and this in a proactive, efficient and safe way.

 

5. Committed experts

Groupe Somavrac employs more than 450 full-time professionnals, devoted to the company, the continuous improvement and customers.

 

6. A multimodal service

Groupe Somavrac is recognized for its constant quest for cost-effective solutions, and also for its central role in the achievement of its customer’s business objectives. In order to do so, Groupe Somavrac quickly realized that it was a must to have an expertise with the different means of transport such as maritime, rail and road. Combined transportation therefore has no secrets for the Groupe Somavrac since 1963.

 

7. A service of quality depending on the reputation of the company

As the responsible of each steps of the supply chain or delivery process, Groupe Somavrac ensures the same level of quality, and that from the beginning to the end of the operation. Groupe Somavrac is recognized as a guarantee of satisfaction and professionalism.

 

8. Administrative simplicity

The integrated service offered allows a much simpler cost management and tracking goods for the customer. In this regard, the company offers a telemetry delivery planning service.

 

9. A tailored service

The diversified expertise and complementarity of the subsidiaries allow the Groupe Somavrac to customize its service for each mandate or project in a unique way.

 

10. Transparency

Groupe Somavrac gives great importance to communications. Both problems or good news are communicated to whom it may concern, in an interest of transparency and continuous improvement. This means that as a customer, your requests and needs are processed with importance and as quickly as possible.

First vessel at McInnis Cement Marine Terminal

Équipe, Groupe Somavrac

On Thursday, November 24th, the Somavrac team waited for the arrival of the Algoma Mariner, the first vessel to reach the Ciment McInnis Marine Terminal. The unloading of the cargo and the maritime terminal management are undertaken by Somavrac. Around 4:00 pm, the bulk car︀rier reached the Port-Daniel Gascons cement plant terminal with 19,000 metric tons of gypsum from Halifax. Gypsum is one of the raw materials used in the manufacture of cement, especially for regulating its properties, such as setting and hardening times.

“We are very satisfied with the workflow. A few adjustments will have to be made to the unloading pace, but it is normal in the context that this is the first time doing this operation at Ciment McInnis “

, says Jean-Nicolas Lavoie, maritime and operations vice-president for Somavrac.

Bulk Carrier

“The Algoma Mariner, a new Algoma self-unloader bulk carrier, is classified by Lloyds Register for the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Coastal Services. The vessel was built at the Chengxi Shipyard in China in accordance with Canadian and SOLAS”¹

LAVOIE, Alain, Premier navire au terminal maritime de Ciment McInnis, [En ligne], http://www.journallehavre.ca/actualites/2016/11/25/premier-navire-au-terminal-maritime-de-ciment-mcinnis.html, (page consultée le 29 novembre 2016)

Acquisition of new equipment

Nouveaux équipements, Groupe Somavrac

Groupe Somavrac acquired the equipment of a company located on the South Shore of Trois-Rivières, and it included a dust collector, a dehumidifier and various equipment for bagging.

This purchase will optimize the bagging service at the plants of Trois-Rivières and Ville Sainte-Catherine in Montréal by expanding the range of services offered and improving the working environment of employees.

“These new equipment will allow operational flexibility for the bagging service. We are very happy with this acquisition, “

says Guy Larose, Senior Operations Manager, Plant Sector.