Montreal's shipping community mobilizes for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

MONTREAL, May 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the operator of Termont Montreal Terminal collaborated free of charge to transport pieces of the international EXPO Leonardo exhibition that will be held at the Leonardo Da Vinci Center from May 11 to June 5.

The container holding 50 machines faithfully reproduced from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci was loaded aboard the MSC Flammetta in the Port of Livorno, Italy on April 11, was transferred to the MSC Shannon at the Port of Valencia, Spain and arrived on May 5 at the Port of Montreal's Maisonneuve Terminal, which is run by Termont Montreal Inc.

"The Leonardo da Vinci Center is elated that it could count on the tremendous generosity of MSC and Termont Montreal, members of the Montreal marine community, to transport and unload pieces of the collection that will be on display during EXPO Leonardo," stated Sylvio de Rose, President of the Leonardo da Vinci Center. "This fabulous concerted effort is admirable, and on everyone's behalf, I heartily thank these two companies and the Montreal Port Authority for their valuable contribution to the success of this unique exhibition."

For her part, Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority, stated: "This collective effort by members of the Montreal marine community demonstrates our industry's commitment to the community. We salute this initiative in aid of the Leonardo da Vinci Center, which has been supported by the Canadian-Italian Community Foundation for 34 years."

EXPO Leonardo was organized as part of the cultural and educational activities organized by the Leonardo Da Vinci Center and the Canadian-Italian Community Foundation (CICF) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

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 seven of the ten largest container-shipping lines in the world. 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 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 48,180 passengers and crew members in 2010. Its grain terminal will be operated by a private agri-business, Viterra, as of July 1, 2011. All the other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually. 

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For further information:

Montreal Port 

Yves Gilson
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 514 283-7050
Fax: 514 283-0829
EXPO Leonardo 
da Vinci: 

Valérie Marcoux
Advisor, Media Relations
Tel.: 514 288-8290 Ext. 214

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