Montreal Port Authority (MPA) - Situation at the Port of Montreal, July 22 -

MONTREAL, July 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority reports the situation at the Port of Montreal as at 9:00 a.m., July 22, regarding the labour dispute between the Maritime Employers Association and its longshore labour force as follows:

    - The Maritime Employers Association is maintaining its lockout.
    - The Montreal Port Authority has obtained an injunction. The purpose of
      this injunction is to allow access to the Port and to continue work
      unrelated to the employees of the Maritime Employers Association.
    - Construction work has resumed.
    - All the freight cars that were loaded before the conflict with
      containers for import have left the Port. Freight cars that were still
      loaded with containers for export are being consigned.
    - Cargo on terminal property is not being handled.
    - The grain terminal can receive and ship cargo.
    - No vessel requiring the work of longshoremen for its operation is in
      the Port.
    - Certain access points to Port territory are closed: Only the Berri,
      Viau and Hector-Barsalou entrances remain open to traffic and allow
      unhindered entry and exit from the Port of Montreal.

About the Port of Montreal

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 7 of the 10 largest container shipping lines in the world. Close to 1,250,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were handled at the Port of Montreal in 2009, representing 11,266,000 tonnes of cargo.

The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the piers. It is connected to the two nationwide railways and a highway system. The Port also operates its own grain terminal and a marine passenger terminal that welcomed 47,534 passengers and crew members in 2009. 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: For further information: Jean-Paul Lejeune, Director of Communications, Montreal Port Authority, Tel.: 514 283-7050, Fax: 514 283-0829,;

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