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The Port is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions

The Port of Montreal is one of the first ports in the world with an advanced real-time information system on truck traffic, making it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


 

Truck drivers delivering a container to the Port of Montreal would pay dearly to avoid being stuck in traffic. They have a schedule to meet and cargo to deliver. Since last October, they have had a tool that very few drivers in the world enjoy: an information system that tells them in real time the status of traffic at the entrances to the Port and the international container terminals.  

The new Trucking PORTal Web-based application will be a key tool to reach the goal of reducing wait times at port container terminals.

All they have to do is consult their computer, tablet or smart phone. The application transmits the wait times to the terminal entrances in real time. Armed with this information, truck drivers can plan their route and avoid rushes. By doing so, they not only save time for themselves, they save gas. In other words, they’re reducing their fuel consumption and, as a result, the GHG emissions from their trucks that are partially to blame for global warming.   

The information on truck traffic is collected by readers installed in several locations on Port of Montreal territory, strategically located along the route taken by trucks loading and unloading containers.  

“The Port of Montreal is among the first ports in the world to offer its road transport partners an advanced real-time information system on truck traffic on its territory. We are constantly working to improve freight mobility, which is our trademark, and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

The Montreal Port Authority wants to thank Transport Canada for its $1.375 million contribution to this project that meets a very real need. There has been a steady rise over the last ten years in the proportion of containers carried by truck.