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Yellowline Asphalt welcomes first shipment


September 2, 2014
By Rock to Road

September 2, 2014, Hamilton, Ont. – Yellowline Asphalt
Products Ltd., located at the Port of Hamilton, has welcomed the terminal’s
first vessel this week.

September 2, 2014, Hamilton, Ont. – Yellowline Asphalt
Products Ltd., located at the Port of Hamilton, has welcomed the terminal’s
first vessel this week.

  

The tanker MV Thalassa Desgagnes docked at Pier 23, carrying
a load of 7,500 tonnes of bulk liquid asphalt. The delivery made use of a new
above-ground pipeline from the vessel at Pier 23, directly to Yellowline’s
storage tanks at Pier 22.

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The asphalt was loaded in Montreal, and will be used for
road construction projects throughout Ontario. The vessel load is the
equivalent of approximately 100 rail cars. “The ability to bring product in by
vessel adds a dimension of efficiency. Our terminal location at the Port of
Hamilton gives us the flexibility to use road, rail and marine, depending on
our needs,” said Suresh Daljeet, Operations Manager.

 

Background

Dufferin Construction, a division of Holcim Canada Inc., and
Aecon Group Ltd. joined forces in 2011 to streamline their supply chains for
asphalt cement. Together, the companies launched a new joint venture,
Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd., constructing a new asphalt cement tank farm
and mixing facility on Pier 22.

Asphalt pavement is made up of 95 per cent aggregate and
five per cent asphalt cement. The asphalt cement binds the aggregate together,
and helps resist rutting and cracking.

The new tank facility offers 30,000 tonnes of capacity, or
about three months’ supply. There is also a mixing tank to produce a range of
grades, and four 1,000-tonne day tanks to hold the asphalt cement immediately
prior to shipping. An in-house lab allows Yellowline to produce the numerous
and precise formulations required in modern construction projects.

 

The new Yellowline facility is located on a redeveloped Pier
22, which the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) purchased from Stelco in 2006.
After a multi-year, multimillion-dollar brownfield redevelopment process, HPA
is now pleased to see the property returned to productive use, generating
economic activity for the Port and the city. 
Yellowline’s pipeline employs a multi-user pipe-rack constructed by HPA
to provide marine access to inland facilities.