“Solidarity to All” Salute

Ships, Trains, Tugs and Frontline Port Workers Make Noise for all COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Saint John, N.B.- Port workforce and transportation industry partners are coming together to salute all COVID-19 frontline workers on Saturday, April 11 at 11:45 am with a one-minute ‘noise-making and tug water display’ salute.

At 11:45 am on Saturday, April 11th, work will pause for at least one-moment and all vehicles will make noise by blowing horns.  This will include cargo ships, trains, payloaders, container carriers, and trucks and personal vehicles of the workforce.   Those whose homes look onto the harbour will also see the Atlantic Towing tugs in a water display.  Port Saint John will film and post this for the broader community to see.

“With the support of our employers, we reached out to partners in the transportation community to take part in this Solidarity for All salute on Saturday,” explained Pat Riley, Business Agent for ILA 273.  “We want to make sure that those working in the critical medical care sector, fire and police, all transportation industry workers in both the commercial and public transportation sectors, all grocery and drug store personnel, and food service industry workers know that our entire community appreciates the sacrifice they are making by going to work each day during the COVID-19 crisis.”

“At Port Saint John, we appreciate this heart-felt gesture being led by our working waterfront.  Although, due to physical distancing measures, many in the community will not be able to see or hear this in person, we encourage people near to the Port to listen or watch from their homes, even make noise from your balconies or windows, and we will share with everyone via social platforms,” added Jim Quinn, President & CEO, Port Saint John.


About Port Saint John:

Located in the southern part of the province of New Brunswick, Port Saint John is Atlantic Canada’s largest port by volume of cargo handled.  A diverse cargo base consists of an average of 28 million metric tonnes of cargo annually, including dry and liquid bulks, break bulk, and containers.  The geographic position of the port, its naturally hospitable people and historic attractions coupled with world-class tour operators, make Saint John an ideal Atlantic Canadian destination for attracting the world’s leading cruise lines to the Bay of Fundy.


Media contact:

Paula Copeland, Director, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility, 506.650.5288 or [email protected]


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