MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority is presenting its vision for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville Passenger Terminal at an open house for residents of Old Montreal and Cité du Havre.
This "open house" event will be held on December 4 and 5, from 4 to 9 p.m., and on December 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the current Iberville Passenger Terminal.
Port of Montreal representatives will be on hand to welcome residents, present the passenger terminal restoration project and answer questions.
The project involves major works that will require an investment of $78 million. Existing infrastructure will be restored in order to maintain the facility's primary vocation as a passenger terminal. Its range of capabilities will be upgraded in order to better meet the needs of cruise lines and cruise passengers who are choosing Montreal more and more often as a destination. The objective of the project is to offer a welcome to cruise passengers that is on par with Montreal's international reputation. The chosen concept will also aim to better integrate the terminal and the pier into the urban fabric and provide a meeting point and a bridge between the city and the river.
The project is conditional on its financing structure. The City of Montreal indicated its support for the project by announcing a $15-million contribution when it recently filed its three-year capital works program for 2015-17.
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], Phone: 514 283-7050, Fax: 514 283-0829, www.port-montreal.com