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Over 30 trucks arrive in St. Anthony for road salt shipments


Salt distributed to Northern Peninsula transportation depots

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. —

A virtual convoy of transport trucks were an attention-grabbing sight in St. Anthony last week.
Thirty-one trucks arrived in St. Anthony on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 26 and 27, to pick up road salt from the cargo ship Argentia Desgagnes.
It was an unusual to see so many trucks lined up at the Viking Mall parking lot, as they awaited the arrival of the ship on Tuesday afternoon.
Once the boat arrived, it offloaded 5,000 tonnes of salt to the trucks over the course of two days.
The trucks then distributed the cargo to four Department of Transportation depots on the Great Northern Peninsula – located in St. Anthony, Flower’s Cove, Plum Point and Roddickton-Bide Arm.
The majority of the salt shipment, the second of three to land in St. Anthony this year, will be heading to Plum Point.
The salt will be used on the Great Northern Peninsula’s highways this winter to melt ice on the roads and improve driving conditions.
It is provided through Avalon Coal Salt and Oil Ltd, a company based in Bay Roberts.
Until last year, the company landed the salt for Roddickton-Bide Arm, Plum Point and Flower’s Cove, in nearby St. Barbe.
It only landed the St. Anthony depot salt in St. Anthony.
But since the wharf they used in St. Barbe is now occupied with the new ferry service, it’s been forced to land it all in St. Anthony for the time being.
Jim Neil, supervisor of salt distribution for the company, told The Northern Pen the unusual volume of trucks was necessary because of the duration of the drive from St. Anthony to Plum Point.
“We got extra trucks because it’s a four-hour return trip from St. Anthony to Plum Point,” he said. “When we were landing it in St. Anthony just for St. Anthony, it wasn’t so noticeable.”
The boat was slated to leave, once all the salt was offloaded, sometime Wednesday evening.
The salt comes from Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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