MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - In glorious summer weather, Port in the City Day made it possible for 2,665 people, mainly Montrealers, to discover their city's port facilities on Saturday, September 10 aboard the AML cruise ship the Cavalier Maxim.
This annual activity organized by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) was eagerly anticipated and the free tickets were quickly claimed. There were five departures over the course of the day. During the one-hour cruise on the St. Lawrence River, the Cavalier Maxim brought its passengers from the Old Port to Promenade Bellerive Park, east of the Louis-H. Lafontaine bridge-tunnel.
The aim of the event is to familiarize citizens with the Port of Montreal's activities. A special invitation is extended to neighbours of the Port, the residents of over 16,000 households close to Port territory. During the cruise, Port executives provide the guided tour, explaining how the facilities seen along the wharves work and shedding light on the major impact of these port operations on the economy of Greater Montreal and the province of Quebec.
"Port in the City Day expresses the Port of Montreal's concern to get closer to its community and fulfil its role as a responsible citizen," said Mélanie Nadeau, Director of Communications at the MPA.
To access more information on the Port's community relations action, the public is invited to visit www.port-montreal.com and follow the Port of Montreal on Facebook page and Twitter.
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the MPA, the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles goods of all kinds: containerized and non-containerized, liquid bulk and solid bulk. It is a leading container port served by the world's largest container shipping companies. In 2015, the Port of Montreal handled 32 million tonnes of cargo and welcomed 91,000 passengers and crewmembers at its passenger terminal. It has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic benefits annually.
SOURCE PORT OF MONTREAL
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For further information: Mélanie Nadeau, Director of Communications, [email protected], T: 514 283-7050, F: 514 283-0829, www.port-montreal.com