MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority (MPA)
is delighted with a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) decision authorizing the
passage of vessels up to 44 metres wide in the Quebec-Montreal section
of the St. Lawrence navigation channel. The previous authorized width
was 32.1 metres without restrictions.
The CCG has made the provisions following a study commissioned by the
MPA and conducted jointly with Transport Canada, the CCG, the
Laurentian Pilotage Authority and the Corporation of Central St.
"I would like to thank everyone who has collaborated on this project,"
said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon. "This initiative will allow
the Port of Montreal to strengthen its position as North America's
leading port for container traffic with Europe, and it will reinforce
Montreal's strategic position as a logistics and transportation hub of
choice for all types of cargo."
Specifically, the new provisions will make it possible for all
post-Panamax vessels, including 6,000-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit)
container ships, to reach Montreal.
"Shipping lines, no matter what type of cargo they carry, will be able
to substantially increase capacity on their services to Montreal, which
will inevitably lead to benefits for the Port's broad customer base,"
Ms. Vachon said.
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 70,092 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: PORT OF MONTREAL
For further information:
Acting Director of Communications