Larger or commercial shipments:
Find the country you are shipping to/from in the Regions served section of the Port of Montreal Web site. Determine which shipping lines serve that country, and contact any of the agents listed.
The Montreal Port Authority does not track containers. You must contact your agent or freight forwarder for the status of your shipment. If you are still unable to obtain this information, the terminal may be able to tell you if your shipment has arrived in port. If you know the name of the ship and your container's identification number, and the ship is in port, the shipping line's agent may be able to help you.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is an autonomous federal agency created in accordance with the Canada Marine Act. It does everything within its power to make the port as competitive as possible, and takes pride in providing top-notch infrastructure to shipping lines, land carriers, terminal operators and shippers. It does not receive any public funding, and finances all of its own projects.
The Montreal Port Authority's mandate is to facilitate domestic and international trade, and thereby contribute to the attainment of local, regional and national socio-economic objectives. The MPA is committed to providing highly-efficient facilities and services while respecting the environment. It increases and promotes the competitive advantages of the Port of Montreal.
Contrary to popular belief, the longshoremen and checkers working in the port are not employees of the Montreal Port Authority. They work for the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), whose members are shipping lines and stevedoring companies. The MPA does contribute to the longshoremen's development by providing a professional training centre equipped with a high-tech gantry crane simulator.
The Port of Montreal is an international port linked to more than 100 countries around the world (see regions served). It handles some 20 million tonnes of highly-diversified cargo annually. It is a member of a select club of ports which handle more than one million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units, or containers) in one year. The Port of Montreal is a leader on the North Atlantic container market, serving year-round such markets as North Europe, the Mediterranean, Central Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
Not only is the port open year-round, in winter it is busier than ever! Ships come and go without pausing between the Atlantic and the Port of Montreal, and have done so since 1964. The navigation channel that leads to Montreal should not be confused with the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of channels and locks which connects Montreal to the Great Lakes, and which closes in winter.
There are no locks between Montreal and the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of some 1,600 kilometres. The Port of Montreal is located on one of the world's largest navigable waterways, the St. Lawrence River, which is open for navigation in all seasons between the Atlantic Ocean and Montreal.
There are, however, locks upstream of the Port of Montreal, on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which links Montreal to the Great Lakes, (except in winter). For more on the St. Lawrence Seaway, visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Web site.
The Port of Montreal is not a St. Lawrence Seaway port. It is located on one of the world's largest inland waterways, the St. Lawrence River. The river's navigation channel and the port are open year-round.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is a system of man-made channels and locks that leads from the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal to the Great Lakes. It officially opened in 1959. The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed during the winter. For more on the St. Lawrence Seaway, visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Web site.
The Port of Montreal originated in the historic area now known as the Old Port. Over the years, the port expanded eastward along the shore. In 1978, the Port of Montreal ceded the area known as the Old Port to the Old Port Corporation, a public corporation charged with developing tourism and recreational activities in the area. The site is now a cultural gem and a major tourist attraction, having been enhanced with museums, restaurants, shops and water-related activities.
For more on the Old Port, visit the Old Port Web site
Meanwhile, the Port of Montreal, since its foundation in 1642, has grown from a shallow basin some 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) inland, accessible only by longboat during the warm months, into a world-class seaport open year-round. Most of its facilities are located downstream from the Old Port, with the Montreal Port Authority's head office and multipurpose Bickerdike complex being located upstream.
The Port of Montreal's excellent location on the doorstep of North America's industrial heartland contributes to its success on the North Atlantic container market. It handles some 20 million tonnes of highly-diversified cargo every year, creating spin-offs of nearly $2 billion and some 17,600 jobs.
The Port of Montreal is an industrial complex used to load and unload cargo. For security reasons, it is not open to the public. You may be allowed to fish in the Old Port of Montreal or in Promenade Bellerive Park, a recreational area located east of the port's container terminals and west of the port's petroleum sector.
Contact: Société d'animation de la Promenade Bellerive
8300 Bellerive Street, Montreal (Quebec) H1L 6S2
Phone : (514) 493-1967
There is also ice fishing on the Boucherville Islands, at 55, Île Sainte-Marguerite.
Phone : (450) 928-5088
The Port of Montreal is an industrial complex used to load and unload cargo. For security reasons, it is not open to the public. There are, however, many activities to choose from at the Old Port of Montreal.