A new stylish and modern cruise terminal on the Port of Montreal’s Alexandra Pier is providing a more pleasant experience to cruise ship passengers sailing through Montreal while better meeting the operational needs of international cruise lines.
The terminal, which opened for operations earlier this year, is the new home for cruise ships that grace Montreal’s waterfront during the spring, summer and fall. The project integrates best practices in sustainable development and features state-of-the-art installations and infrastructure.
By Tom Peters
A strong collaborative effort between private and public stakeholders is required to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace and there are parts of the supply chain that need innovation and investment to elevate Canada’s ability to compete, said industry leaders at the annual Halifax Port Days.
Expert panelists at the event’s business session, Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, CN; Wolfgang Schoch, Managing Director, Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc.; and Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, Logistec Corporation, agreed there needs to be strategic, not haphazard investment in infrastructure and technology to sustain and improve Canada’s trade competitiveness on the global stage.
By R. Bruce Striegler
At the 59th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in Vancouver this year, Rear Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, told delegates, “This is a new oceanic age, and not since the great era of exploration in the 16th century have oceans played such an important role in global affairs as they do today. Unprecedented levels of commerce move across the world’s oceans, great power politics are being played out once again at sea, and oceans are central to the health of the planet in an age of profound climate change.” Once seen as a barrier, he said, the seas have now become a global highway, as maritime activities continue to increase on the water. “The role of the world’s oceans is connecting Canadians to the world and to each other, with three expansive oceans,” he says. Rear Admiral McDonald points out that Canada is the 11th largest exporter and 10th largest importer in the world. “More than $200 billion worth of goods are transported via seaborne trade to and from Canadian ports each year.”
The Port of Montreal’s new international container terminal has optimized and boosted its container-handling capacity and improved the fluidity of international goods movement in its very first year of operation.
Viau Terminal has increased the port’s container-handling capacity by 350,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers). When combined with work carried out previously at the site and a second phase of the project, Viau Terminal will have a total handling capacity of 600,000 TEUs, ultimately increasing the Port of Montreal’s overall handling capacity on the island of Montreal to 2.1 million TEUs.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has been busy completing a number of sector studies that have enhanced its environmental impact statement for its Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project.
The MPA submitted the first version of the environmental impact statement to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) in September. The statement includes an introduction and overview of the project, a project justification, a project description, a description of public participation and concerns, documentation of Aboriginal engagement and concerns, an effects assessment, a summary of the environmental affects assessment, and information on monitoring and follow-up programs.
A $120-million modernization project in the Port of Montreal will optimize the port’s intermodal transport network, increase opportunities for short-sea shipping, allow the port to handle more post-Panamax ships, and update dry-bulk terminals.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) will invest $80 million in the project, to be carried out over a period of five years. The Government of Quebec recently announced that it will provide $40 million in financial assistance toward the project.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is playing a key role in the development of two industrial port zones (IPZs) located in and around the Port of Montreal.
As part of the Quebec Maritime Strategy 2015-2020 Action Plan, the Government of Quebec announced in March 2016 a $300-million investment in the development of IPZs throughout the province to enhance Quebec’s competitiveness.
The Port of Montreal is celebrating in 2017 a supply chain milestone that has defined its growth and success: the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first containers in the port.
The Port of Montreal handled its very first container in 1967. Nearly 35 million containers have transited through the port since then.
The Port of Montreal is connected to 140 countries around the world. It handles cargo to and from the European Union, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. As the closest international container port to Eastern and Central Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Northeast, it provides access to 110 million consumers in less than two days through its excellent rail and road connections.
Two leading global container shipping lines that operate regular services through the Port of Montreal have made significant headlines recently.
On the heels of the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, Maersk Line has added a new service to its transatlantic network that includes Montreal.