MONTREAL, Jan. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Ms. Sylvie Vachon, today
officially inaugurated the start of a new year of activities at the
Port of Montreal by awarding the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Vikram
Manchanda of India, Master of the M.V. Power, the first ocean-going
vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2011. The
M.V. Power left the Port of Lisbon, in Portugal, on December 23. Her
arrival highlights the fact that the Port is open year round to all
This awarding ceremony of the 172nd Gold-Headed Cane brought together
many representatives of the marine industry and the Montreal business
community. The event also allowed the MPA to salute the work of the
pilots from the Corporation du Saint-Laurent Central and the Port of
Montreal, Messrs. Hébert and Vigneault, who brought the ship safely in
Flying the Bermuda flag, the M. V. Power, measures 222 metres long.
Operated by the Hapag-Lloyd shipping line, this container ship was
launched in 1982. It is docked at Cast Terminal, which is operated by
Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, and will set sail in the coming
hours for the Port of Algeciras, in Spain.
2010: Port traffics confirm economic recovery.
For the Port of Montreal, 2010 was marked by an upturn in traffics.
"According to our preliminary data for 2010 as a whole, container
traffic, which accounts for more than half of the volumes handled at
the Port, should post a 6.2% increase in terms of volume, and 6.1% in
terms of the number of TEU containers handled, bringing us very close
to the volumes achieved in 2007," stated Ms. Vachon. Liquid bulk
traffic should reach the 2008 level, and dry bulk traffic is
approaching the 2007 level.
All traffic combined, the year-end results for 2010 should be up by just
The President and CEO concluded by pointing out that 2011 will see the
upcoming implementation of major projects carried out at the Port in
2010, such as the new common entry portal for trucks at the east end of
the Port road, the increase in capacity of the Port's electrical
network, and the pier extension at Cast Terminal that will enable two
270-metre long ships to dock at the same time, as is already possible
at the two other international container terminals.
About the Montreal Port Authority
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a
major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods
- non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading
container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the
The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the
piers. It is connected to the two nationwide railways and the highway
system. The Port also operates its own grain terminal and a marine
passenger terminal that welcomed more than 48,000 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 MONTREAL PORT AUTHORITY
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A colour photo of the Gold-Headed Cane awarding ceremony will be available on CNW.