Annual meeting of the Montreal Port Authority: the Port had a good year in 2013

MONTREAL, May 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In 2013, the Port of Montreal had another very good year despite still difficult economic conditions. In fact, it managed to maintain comparable results to those of the last two years, and to put this in context, 2011 was a record year. In 2013, the Port of Montreal handled a grand total of 28.2 million tonnes (Mt) of cargo, a slight decrease of 0.9% compared to 2012.

The President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Ms. Sylvie Vachon, reported on the MPA's activities in 2013 at the annual meeting held on May 13, 2014. Ms. Vachon also took the occasion to present the organization's financial results.

The MPA's operating income reached $87.4 million, up 2% compared to the previous year. The increase in expenditures was contained at 1%, or $81.7 million. Operating earnings rose 19% to $5.7 million. After investment income and other extraordinary items, net income totalled $4.2 million.

The Port of Montreal handles containers, liquid bulk and dry bulk, and welcomes cruise passengers. In 2013, container traffic remained stable at 11.9 Mt compared to 12 Mt the previous year, a slight decrease of 1.1%. Factoring in the weakness of the European economy, this decrease was offset by the growing diversification of the markets served by the Port of Montreal.

Similarly, liquid bulk traffic edged down 1.8% to 9.5 Mt. The year 2013 remains one of the best years for this business sector. For its part, dry bulk traffic increased 0.2% to 6.6 Mt. One of the noteworthy increases is iron ore (up 31.9%). "In 2014, this sector will continue to grow, especially once a new partner, CanEst, starts operating a grain containerization facility at the end of the summer," said Sylvie Vachon.

On the cruise front, Iberville Passenger Terminal welcomed 69,966 passengers and crew members in 2013, setting a new record.

Highlights

Record investment - In 2013, MPA facilities benefited from a record investment of $55 million. These monies were used to increase their container handling capacity by 13%, to redevelop an area of the petroleum products sector to be able to accommodate larger vessels, and to give Iberville Passenger Terminal a makeover.

The year 2013 was also the post-Panamax year, when the Port of Montreal received authorization to welcome vessels up to 44 metres wide and carrying up to 6,000 containers.

Sustainable development – In 2013, the MPA continued its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Among other things, it used a highly innovative method to extract, solidify and reuse poor soils in the Viau sector and completed its fleet of hybrid vehicles for the security and fire prevention departments.

With respect to social responsibility, the MPA strengthened its relations with its neighbouring communities, notably by setting up permanent communication channels with them.

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods – containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world.

The Port of Montreal handled 1,356,810 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2013, representing 11,896,671 tonnes of cargo. The port also handled 9,549,933 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,912,531 tonnes of dry bulk and 2,638,159 tonnes of grain in 2013. Total cargo-handling volumes reached 28,156,971 million tonnes in 2013.

The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 69,966 passengers and crew members in 2013. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.

Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually.

SOURCE PORT OF MONTREAL

For further information: Sophie Roux, Director of Communications, rouxs@port-montreal.com, Telephone: 514 283-7050, Fax: 514 283-0829, www.port-montreal.com