MPA receives $40 million from provincial government to modernize port facilities
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) will continue to upgrade infrastructures in the Port of Montreal thanks to $40 million in financial assistance announced recently by the Government of Quebec, which will be added to an investment of $80 million by the MPA. This $120-million project involves four components that will:
- Optimize the port’s intermodal transport network with the construction of new railway track in the port’s railway interchange zone;
- Reaffirm maritime transportation over short distances – or short-sea shipping – by modernizing Bickerdike Terminal, located at the upstream end of the port;
- Upgrade dockside fenders in order to welcome more post-Panamax ships, the largest type of vessels sailing to the port; and
- Improve terminals that handle dry bulk products such as sugar and salt in order to increase competitivity.
The financial assistance was announced at a press conference held in the port on May 23 by Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Jean D’Amour, Minister for Maritime Affairs, and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minster of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, in the presence of MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.
Port continues consultations for Contrecoeur terminal
Further to the pre-consultation process initiated by the MPA in 2014, two new activities were organized this spring in order to consult extensively with stakeholders as part of the impact study for the Contrecoeur container terminal project
The MPA invited numerous organizations to a day of thematic workshops on March 21. The objective was to consult with stakeholders in preparation for the writing of an environmental impact study for the Contrecoeur container terminal project.
Some 40 participants representing stakeholders from all fields (economic, logistics, municipal, environmental, etc.) took part in this productive and constructive day.
The MPA presented a preliminary snapshot of the sector studies is has conducted for its environmental impact study. Participants were able to inform themselves, ask questions and comment on various subjects. The MPA will use the comments and recommendations it received to complete its impact study.
Next, two open house activities were held on May 24 and 25, 2017, in the City of Contrecoeur and the Municipality of Verchères, respectively.
The objectives of the open houses were to report on the progress of the project and the impact study that is underway, and to gather comments and concerns from the population in order to integrate them, to the extent possible, to the impact study.
MPA representatives made a brief presentation of the project to the participants, who could then seek out additional information and ask questions to MPA representatives and consultants who were present at five distinct thematic stations: Road and Rail Traffic; Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments; Maritime Transport; Economic Spinoffs; and Human Environment.
A total of 213 people attended the open houses; 115 citizens were present at the Contrecoeur open house on May 24, and 98 citizens attended the Verchères open house on May 25. All of the information and comments received during this process will help enhance the impact study that is underway.
To follow the project within the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency process, click here.
Three cruise ships to visit Montreal for first time
Three luxury cruise ships will grace Montreal’s waterfront for the first time in 2017. The vessels making their first-ever stop in port are Viking Ocean Cruises’ MS Viking Sky and MS Viking Sea and Silversea Cruises’ MS Silver Muse.
The 930-passenger Viking Sky will arrive in Montreal on September 23 and depart the following day bound for New York. She will return to Montreal October 16-18.
Delivered earlier this year, the 596-passenger Silver Muse, Silversea’s new flagship, will dock in Montreal on the morning of September 28 and leave that same evening bound for Fort Lauderdale.
The Viking Sea, with a capacity of 930 passengers, will arrive October 1 and leave the next day for New York.
The Port of Montreal is scheduled to welcome a record 110,000 passengers and crewmembers in 2017, up more than 25% over last year. The season began on May 6 and will end October 27.
To see all scheduled arrivals and departures for the 2017 season, please visit: http://www.port-montreal.com/en/cruise-vessels-schedule.html.