MONTREAL, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The AIDAbella, which this morning
docked for the first time at Iberville Passenger Terminal, is the
largest cruise ship to have ever visited the Port of Montreal. To mark
the AIDAbella's first visit, the Port of Montreal presented a
commemorative plaque to her captain.
The AIDAbella can accommodate 2,500 passengers and close to 650 crew
members. The liner sailed from New York and will stop over in Montreal
until Friday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. before returning to its port of
German-built and 253 metres long, the AIDAbella flies the Italian flag.
She is operated by her shipowner Aida Cruises and went into service in
September and October are the two months with the most cruise ships in
the Port of Montreal, as the cruise lines are attracted by Quebec's
fall colours. Montreal will accommodate no fewer than four cruise ships
between October 2 and 5: along with the AIDAbella (2,500 passengers),
the Seven Seas Navigator (500 passengers), the Crystal Symphony (960
passengers) and a regular, the Maasdam (1,266 passengers).
Last year, the Port of Montreal welcomed close to 70,000 cruise
passengers and crew members, domestic and international cruises
combined, up 74% over the previous year. This excellent result is
largely due to the efforts of the Montreal Cruise Committee, created in
2011 at the initiative of Tourism Montreal and the Montreal Port
Authority. The committee mobilizes six other partners: Aéroports de
Montréal, Casino de Montréal, Old Port of Montreal Corporation, Old
Montreal Business Development Corporation, Hotel Association of Greater
Montreal and the City of Montreal.
The Cruise Committee created a website dedicated to the cruise industry
that showcases Montreal as a stopover of choice. Visit the À la
Montréal site at http://cruises.alamontreal.com
For cruise ship arrivals and departures, please visit the Port of
Montreal website at http://www.port-montreal.com/en/cruise-vessels-schedule.html
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 1,375,327 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent
units) in 2012, representing 12,032,966 tonnes of cargo.
The port also handled 9,721,422 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,467,394 tonnes
of dry bulk and 3,070,054 tonnes of grain in 2012.
The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is
connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. 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: Montreal Port Authority
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