MONTREAL, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Operations are returning to normal in the Port of Montreal, after a day when demonstrators involved in a major disruption called the "Grand dérangement" considerably slowed down port operations.
Operations affected during the day
Early this morning, many demonstrators blocked the road accesses to the Port from Rue Notre-Dame, causing many delays and difficulties of access for truckers who had to deliver or pick up merchandise in the Port, and for port workers.
Although access from Rue De Boucherville was quickly restored, this situation greatly slowed down port operations all day. This also affected the flow of cargo and the efficiency of the Greater Montreal supply chain.
Resumption of operations
The Port of Montreal confirms that operations have now returned to normal. All Port accesses are now open. Trucks still waiting at the terminal entrances will be handled within the next few hours. Operations at the different terminals should therefore run normally tomorrow.
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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 1,356,810 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2013, representing 11,896,671 tonnes of cargo. The port also handled 9,549,933 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,912,531 tonnes of dry bulk and 2,638,159 tonnes of grain in 2013. Total cargo-handling volumes reached 28,156,971 million tonnes in 2013.
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 69,966 passengers and crew members in 2013. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.
Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually.
SOURCE: Montreal Port Authority
For further information: Sophie Roux, Director of Communications, [email protected], Telephone: 514-283-7050, Fax: 514-283-0829, www.port-montreal.com