MONTREAL, May 24, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite a global economic
slowdown, the Port of Montreal finished 2012 with results comparable to
those of its record-setting year of 2011. The Port handled 28.4 million
tonnes of cargo in 2012, down only 0.4 per cent from the 28.5 million
tonnes of traffic that it moved in 2011.
At its annual meeting, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) also announced
net earnings of $9.1 million in 2012, up 29.2 per cent from $7.1
million in 2011, thanks in great part to a rigorous control of
expenditures. The MPA's operating expenses totalled $77.8 million in
2012, down from $83.3 million the previous year.
The Port of Montreal handles containers, liquid bulk, grain and other
dry bulk traffic, and also welcomes cruise ship passengers.
In 2012, the Port handled 12 million tonnes of containerized cargo
traffic, down 3.5 per cent from 12.4 million tonnes in 2011.
Liquid bulk traffic was down 9.7 per cent to 9.7 million tonnes last
year from 10.8 million tonnes in 2011, which was an exceptional year
for this cargo category at the Port. Despite the decrease, 2012 was
still the Port's second-best year ever in this sector of activity.
Dry bulk volumes through the Port were up significantly in 2012. Traffic
in this sector increased by 26 per cent to 6.5 million tonnes from 5.1
million tonnes in 2011. Grain traffic, up 76 per cent in 2012, was the
main reason for this remarkable increase. "This result confirms our
decision to transfer the operation of our grain terminal to Viterra, a
company that specializes in this sector of activity," said MPA
President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.
The Port of Montreal welcomed a record 69,992 cruise ship passengers and
crew members in 2012, up 47 per cent over the previous year. The
efforts of the Montreal Cruise Committee, created in June 2011, played
a significant role in this increase.
The Port reinvents itself: In 2012, the Port took an important step to make itself more visible
internationally and to have a greater presence in various markets. This
has inspired its new signature Trading with the World, which accompanies its new logo. The Port added a representative in
Hong Kong, a leading centre for maritime transportation, to its
representation in Europe and the United States.
The Port has also revamped its image and enhanced its communications
with, among other things, the launch of a new and enriched website.
The Port of Montreal has maintained its role as a leader in sustainable
development. In 2012, it completed its locomotive replacement program
by acquiring four GenSet models. This technology reduces fuel
consumption by about 50 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per
cent compared to traditional locomotives.
In addition, the Port acquired six new hybrid vehicles that consume
about half the fuel of traditional models.
The Port of Montreal also established a communications strategy with the
neighbouring communities of Ville-Marie, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve,
Montreal-East and Pointe-aux-Trembles. Three meetings already have been
held with citizens who live in these sectors.
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. The
Port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 69,992 passengers and
crew members in 2012. All other terminals are run by private
Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in
economic spin-offs annually.
SOURCE: Montreal Port Authority
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