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  • As one of Canada's major commercial ports, the Port of Toronto helps to ensure the safe navigation of more than 7,000 recreational boaters; 100 lakers; dozens of Harbour tour vessels; visiting cruise ships; and 35-45 international or ocean-going ships per year.
  • PortsToronto owns and operates Marine Terminal 51 and Warehouse 52 within the Port of Toronto.
  • The 52-acre PortsToronto marine terminals facility has more than 225,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 30 acres of paved marshalling area, for short/long-term storage, warehousing and project staging.
  • PortsToronto's Cruise Ship Terminal saw 16 cruise ships visit over the 2017 summer season, bringing more than 5,600 passengers through Toronto.
  • In 2017, the Port of Toronto moved approximately 2,172,750 million metric tonnes of cargo by ship, including salt, sugar, cement, and high-value project materials needed to support Toronto’s booming construction industry.
  • Serving primarily as a bulk cargo destination, the port moves goods from countries as far away as Germany, South Korea, China, Brazil, Australia, and the United States.
  • In addition to its economic impact, increased imports through the port has a positive impact on the environment and traffic congestion given that the close to two million tonnes of cargo delivered by ship takes approximately 54,000, 40-tonne trucks off Toronto's already congested roads and highways.
  • Through PortsToronto's Harbour Clean-Up Program, approximately 150 million pounds (more than 68,000 tonnes) of dredgate, debris and driftwood is removed from the Harbour each year – the equivalent weight of about 102 cars worth of material removed every day of the year.
  • In 2017, more than 25,000 cubic metres of sediment material was removed from the mouth of the Don River through PortsToronto’s dredging process. Dredging removes sediment in order to achieve a navigable river depth and allow the smooth flow of water and ice through the Keating Channel.

Boaters Notice

PortsToronto is responsible for keeping the Toronto Harbour safe and navigable. See Boater’s Notices about everything from swimming in the harbour to obtaining permission for a marine event.

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A Power Vessel Operator’s Permit is required to operate a powered vessel in the Port and Harbour of Toronto.

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