MONTREAL, March 24, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Termont Montréal Inc. will be the future operator of the Viau container terminal at the Port of Montreal. Longstanding partners, the Port of Montreal and Termont Terminal Inc. signed a long-term lease on March 19, under which the private company Termont Montréal Inc. will invest $42 million in the initial phase of the terminal project. If container growth continues, Termont Montréal Inc. will invest an additional $30 M towards the project's second phase.
This agreement was announced today by the Montreal Port Authority's President and CEO, Sylvie Vachon, in a speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "I am very pleased by this agreement, which is synonymous with economic growth," stated Ms. Vachon, "And in turn, it shows that Termont has great confidence in the Port of Montreal. I'm sure this project will be very successful!"
Construction of the new terminal will get underway this summer, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. When fully operational, the new Viau terminal will generate 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, along with $340 million in economic benefits. Its handling capacity will be 600,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), bringing the Port of Montreal's total container-handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs.
This project is one of three components of an extensive project to improve the Port of Montreal's infrastructure. It has received a $43.7 million subsidy from the federal government through the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. Together, the MPA and the federal government will inject $83 million into the new Viau terminal project.
Termont Terminal Inc. is a longstanding partner of the Port of Montreal, as it has been operating the Maisonneuve container terminal since 1987. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will be a major partner of Termont in the Viau terminal project.
"The Port of Montreal is a strategic gateway for container shipping in North America. The development of this new capacity is not only good for Termont, MSC, and the Port, but also for Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. With its intermodal networks, Montreal is a key facilitator for international trade," said Madeleine Paquin, Chair of Termont Terminal Inc., President of Termont Montréal Inc., and President and CEO of Logistec Corporation. "The new Viau Terminal will provide Termont with the additional space it needs to deliver quick turnaround times and efficient cargo handling services to the Port of Montreal's current and future customers, and thus support MSC as it continues to grow its services through the Port of Montreal." "MSC's commitment to the Canadian market along with the strategic growth plans of customers is at core of all of our decisions", said Mr. Sokat Shaikh, Managing director for MSC Canada. "The continued expansion of our Canadian services, hand in hand with the expansion of our global network is literally second to none. We have learnt from our customers growing needs, that our supply chain network must have stability through land based infrastructure investments. The expansion of Termont (Viau) terminal will further reinforce MSC's commitment to Canada, and serve our partners in business for years to come. We are simply proud to be a part of Canada's future."
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 1,402,393 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2014, representing 12,575,069 tonnes of cargo. The Port also handled 9,246,741 tonnes of liquid bulk, and 8,433,434 tonnes of dry bulk, including 4,075,879 tonnes of grain. The total des volume of goods handled in 2014 amounted to 30,445,984 million tonnes.
The Port of Montreal has its own railway network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The Port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 71,044 passengers and crew members in 2014. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.
Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic spin-offs annually
About Termont Montréal Inc.
Termont Montréal is located at Maisonneuve Terminal at the Port of Montreal, Quebec and performs stevedoring and terminal handling of containers. The company is owned by Termont Terminal Inc. (in partnership with Logistec Stevedoring Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Logistec Corporation, and Cerescorp Company) and Cortelina International Corp.
Termont's facility is equipped with specialized gantry cranes and intermodal terminal equipment with direct access to both CN and CP rail lines. With the use of modern equipment, computerized inventory control with EDI capabilities, and experienced personnel, Termont provides its customers with increased turnaround and efficient services.
Termont Montréal Inc. has signed a long-term contract to handle the majority of the business of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. ("MSC") at the Port of Montreal. Termont Montréal also handles containers from OOCL and Hapag Lloyd through their North Atlantic Service.
SOURCE Montreal Port Authority
Image with caption: "1st row (from left to right): Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO, MPA; Madeleine Paquin, President of the Board, Terminal Termont Inc., President of Termont Montréal Inc., and President and CEO, Logistec Corporation; Patrick Burgoyne, President and CEO, Ceres Terminals Inc. - 2nd row (from letf to right): Marie-Claude Leroux, VP, Corporate Affairs and Secretary, MPA; Mario Blanchet, Executive VP, Operations, Logistec Corporation. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150324_C2154_PHOTO_EN_13516.jpg
For further information: Sophie Roux, Director of Communications, [email protected], T: 514.283.7050, F: 514.283.0829, www.port-montreal.com; Logistec (Termont): Madeleine Paquin, Chair of Termont Terminal Inc., President of Termont Montréal Inc., and President and CEO of Logistec Corporation, T : 514 844-9381