The port of Montreal now participating in a program that rewards ships certified to be ecological and safe



    Port of Montreal President and CEO confirms record results for the Port
    in 2008

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Managing Director of the Green Award
Foundation, headquartered in Rotterdam, today personally delivered the Green
Award Plaque to the Port of Montreal into the hands of Montreal Port Authority
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier. This ceremony
recognizes the fact that the Montreal Port Authority decided to grant a 10%
fee reduction on port dues to all vessels with Green Award certification.
    Vessels eligible for certification are dry and liquid bulk carriers,
including oil tankers, with a registered minimum deadweight of 20,000 tonnes.
They are evaluated according to criteria set by the Green Award Foundation on
their technical condition, the quality of their crew and the vessel's onshore
management. Subject to annual verification, their certification is valid for
three years. It guarantees that the vessel is "extra clean and extra safe". In
return, the vessel is entitled to reductions from about 30 ports in seven
countries, including Canada. Around the world, approximately 220 seagoing
vessels are currently certified by Green Award.
    On this occasion, Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier stated that: "The Port of
Montreal is very proud to display its commitment to improving environmental
performance in the marine industry as a whole through its participation in the
Green Award program"
    For his part, Mr. Jan Fransen, Managing Director of the Green Award
Foundation, stated: "The Foundation is very delighted with this partnership
and we expect it to lead to a further expansion of the Green Award program in
North-America. This is a perfect example of Corporate Social Responsibility".
    Mr. Pelletier also took the opportunity to deliver the final figures for
Port operations, which saw an overall growth of 3.9% in 2008, for a total of
27,021,342 tonnes. Container traffic alone increased by 8,1 %, for a total of
1,473,914 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). "This means that the start of
the recession did not stop the Port of Montreal from beating its average
growth rate over the last five years, which was 6,4%" pointed out Mr.
Pelletier, adding the Port of Montreal recorded higher growth in 2008 than
North America's top ten container ports.

    About Green Award
    -----------------

    The Green Award Foundation has as its objective, the stimulation of
safety and environmentally aware conduct of shipowners, crews and ships. Green
Award is independent and impartial and since 1994, has focused on the
worldwide certification of seagoing vessels. Seagoing vessels from 20,000 DWT
and above (both oil tankers and dry bulk carriers) are evaluated on their
technical condition, quality of the crew and the management on shore. Those
that comply with the criteria receive the Green Award certificate, which
subject to annual verification, is valid for three years. The certificate is
evidence that the vessels can be expected to be extra clean and extra safe.
This in turn, is rewarded by +/- 30 ports in 7 countries with a reduction on
port dues, encouraged by approximately 220 seagoing vessels certified by Green
Award.

    About the Montreal Port Authority
    ---------------------------------

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) operates the world's largest inland
port. It is a leader among container ports, handling 26 million tonnes of
cargo annually. In 2008, the Port of Montreal handled more than 1,473,000 TEUs
(twenty-foot equivalent units).
    The Port of Montreal operates its own rail network, providing direct
access to berths, and is linked to two major railways and a highway system. It
also operates a grain terminal and a marine passenger terminal. All other
terminals are operated by private stevedoring firms. Through its activities,
the Port of Montreal generates 18,200 jobs and $1.5 billion annually in
economic spin-offs.

    Note to the heads of photo divisions:
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    A colour photo of the Green Award Plaque presentation ceremony will soon
be available on CNW.


    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
    





For further information:

For further information: Jean-Paul Lejeune, Director of Communications,
(514) 283-7050, Fax: (514) 283-0829, lejeunejp@port-montreal.com;
www.port-montreal.com


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