Geographically, the Bay of Sept-Iles is shaped like a horseshoe with Pointe-Aux-Basques and Pointe a la Marmite forming its two points. Its entrance, protected by the seven islands, can be accessed by three channels (The Eastern, Western and the middle channel).
The directions for berthing are as follows:
Approach to Wharf 2, 4 and 5 (I.O.C docks)
The alignment (098.5°) of leading lights at Sept-Iles passes S of shoal water, with depths of less than 11m:
Front light, (white diamond day mark, red bands), Lat. 50°11.7'N, Long. 066°22.6'W, wharf No 7 (Pointe-aux-Basques).
Rear Light, (white diamond day mark, red bands), 280m E of the front light.
Approach to Wharf No2: (I.O.C. dock)
The alignment (122.75°) of the leading lights in the vicinity of wharf No 2 leads towards the berth:
Front light, Lat. 50°11.3'N, long. 066°22.3'W, on a building 10m in height, at the NW end of the berthing face.
Rear light, (white diamond shaped day mark, red bands), 496m SE of the front light, close NW of PointeAuxBasques.
VISIBLE ON THE LEADING LINE ONLY
Approach to Wharf No 30 (Pointe-Noire dock exclusively used by Cliffs)
The alignment (180°) of the leading lights indicates the middle of the dock. The SO limit of the dredged approach to the jetty is indicated by "D20" light buoy (port hand), moored approximately 2.5 cables NW of the extreme W point of the dock.
A sector light buoy (three colors) indicates the centre of the dredged channel at - 16m.
Approach lights for the dock:
Front light (mast), Lat. 50°09.9'N, Long. 066°29.0'W on the middle of the jetty.
Rear Light (mast), 173m S of the front light on the shore.
The approach to dock no. 31 (Pointe Noire dock used by Cliffs and Consolidated Thompson):
The alignment (248°) of the leading lights indicates the SE limit of the dredged approach to the wharf and which passes SSE of the light buoy "D17"(starboard light buoy) moored 3 cables NW of front light.
Front light (black metal column, 2m in height), Lat. 50°09.9'N, Long. 066°28.8'W, at the E end of the jetty
Rear light (mast), 213m WSW of the front light, on the causeway to the shore near the middle of the jetty.
Approach to Wharves No 40 and 41 (La Relance Terminal)
The alignment (192.5°) on the leading lights leads to the berth No 40. The NE limit of the dredged approach to the wharves is marked by "D15" light buoy (starboard hand) moored approximately 1.5 cables of the NE point of the No 40 wharf.
Front light (fluorescent red triangle shaped day mark, red bands in a light tower 15m in height.), Lat. 50°09.6'N, Long. 066°27.6'W between No 40 and 41 wharves.
Rear light (White diamond shaped day mark, red bands, located on the left side of the silos, 37m in height), Lat. 50°09.4'N, Long. 066°27.7'W.
Anchorage is restricted to the inside of the triangle, created by the following positions:
Position 1: Lat. 50°11.6'N and Long. 066°25.0'W.
Position 2: Lat. 50°13.1'N and Long. 066°29.7'W.
Position 3: Lat. 50°10.5'N and Long. 066°29.7'W.
Reserved area located at south west corner for Consolidated Thompson operations
Regulations stipulate that Pilots and Tugs are compulsory for all vessels, Canadian or foreign, wanting to berth in the Port of Sept-Îles. However, Canadian vessels with a Dead Weight less than 35 000 Metric Tons equiped with a bow thruster are exempt from this regulation. Arrangements for pilot and tug services must be made with IOC Marine Services at 1 418 968-7540.
Range from 1.67m to 3.5m, average 2.7m
Water density at dock:
Prevailing winds NNW
VHF Ch. 12 (The port's working channel), 14 (SCTM Les Escoumins) and 18A (Tugs).
A pipeline and 2 submarine cables extend offshore in the vicinity of Pointe a la Marmite.
Lat. 50°10.0'N and Long. 066°26.0'W.
Charts 1221 and 1220 from the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).
There are two (2) tugs with a capacity of 5400hp available through the Iron Ore Company of Canada
Load Line Zone:
North Atlantic Winter Seasonal Zone II. Winter is November 1st to March 31st summer is from April 1st to October 31st.
The largest vessel handled: The "World Gala", 282 642Dwt, bulk carrier, with a draft of 21.7m.
Information Required From Vessels
Pre Arrival Information
ETA (Estimated Time Of Arrival):
A vessel's ETA must be communicated to an agent 96, 72, 48 and 24 hours prior to arrival. Vessels going to the Iron Ore Company of Canada or to Wabush Mines should signal their ETA to the Iron Ore Company Marine Services requesting berthing instructions 96 hours prior to arrival. Vessels calling at the Port of Sept-Îles must advise the Harbor Master 96 hours before arrival.
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"Les Escoumins Traffic", a Canadian Coast Guard Station that monitors vessel movements 24 hours per day, must be contacted by VHF radio (channel 14).
This practice should apply only when a vessel is arriving from a country, which has had an outbreak of the plague, or a vessel that has had a illness-related death on board and/or serious illness among the crew or has an infestation of rats. The practice can be applied by VHF radio. De-rat and De-rat Exemption certificates can be renewed at a charge of CAN$445.00.
Customs and Immigrations:
Officers and crew are allowed 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 0.9kg of tobacco and 1.1 liters of liquor or 8.2 liters of beer or ale. The penalty for non-compliance can be between CAN$400.00 and CAN$1000.00.
Generally, there are no formalities except when a vessel has stowaways or passengers without visas on board. Restrictions in place are:
Crew members signing off must first be cleared through customs.
Passengers are not allowed to leave the ship until cleared by customs. This same regulation applies for supernumeraries accompanying the ship's crew.
Passengers from certain countries require visas.
State flag at the stern, Canadian flag at the top of the mast.
Notices of Readiness:
As per charter party or upon docking with first line ashore.
Captains are to advise ECAREG Canada 96 hours prior to entering Canadian waters. The following is a typical message sent to a ship:
"Please cable ECAREG Canada via nearest Canadian coastal station 24 hours prior to entering Canadian waters with the following:
AAA : Name of vessel
BBB : Call sign
CCC : Name of Captain
DDD : Present position
EEE : Time at present position at GMT
FFF : Course
GGG : Speed
HHH : Weather and ice conditions
III : ETA for Cabot Strait or Belle Isle
JJJ : Not applicable
KKK : Destination
LLL : ETA destination
MMM : Route intended to arrive at destination
NNN : Name of last Port
OOO : Draft
PPP : Description of cargo and class of dangerous goods
QQQ : Which charts/publications are not on board that are required by regulations
RRR : Any deficiencies to the hull / main propulsion/ steering / radar / radio / anchors
SSS : If there is a spill
TTT : Name of agent
UUU : Is vessel EPIRB equipped. If not, then number of crew and passengers, the number of lifeboats and life rafts as well as make, model and capacity, color of hull and structure.
VVV : Request ice information and recommended routing