The Montreal Port Authotity supports the project "Cité portuaire"

MONTREAL, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is delighted by the project "Cité portuaire" unveiled in the five-year plan to develop Montreal-East presented Monday by Mayor Gérald Tremblay.

"This project confirms the importance given to the Montreal port activities by the city of Montreal, the local elected representatives and the business community. Not only are we recognized as an actor of economic development, we are also considered a strategic partner for which it is important to ensure the competitive edge and influence", has indicated Sylvie Vachon, President-General Manager, MPA.

As a reminder, the project "Cité portuaire" has five priorities:

  • Improve the port accesses to trucks
  • Protect  the physical and functional integrity of the rail and maritime accesses
  • Organize and implement a logistic and transportation cluster
  • Develop look-outs and interpretation sites of the port activities for the public
  • Improve the maritime station

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 noncontainerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world. Close to 1,331,351 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were handled at the Port of Montreal in 2010, representing 12,033,434 tonnes of cargo.

The Port also handled 8,151,136 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,204,076 tonnes of dry bulk, and 2,380,863 tonnes of grain in 2010.

The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the piers. It is connected to the two nationwide railways CN and CP.

The Port operates a marine passenger terminal that welcomed 48,180 passengers and crew members in 2010. All the other terminals are operated by private stevedoring firms. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs per year.

SOURCE PORT OF MONTREAL

For further information:

Michèle Beaubien
Communications Director
beaubienm@port-montreal.com
Tel.: 514 283-7050
Fax: 514 283-0829
www.port-montreal.com


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