November 29, 2017
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Every year, seafarers from hot climates who are poorly informed about our harsh winters come ashore in Montreal wearing light clothing and sandals. It has now become a tradition at the Port of Montreal to provide Mariners’ House with hundreds of tuques featuring the Port logo, to be given to seafarers free of charge by the Mariners’ House team led by Carolyn Osborne, General Manager.

There are Mariners’ Houses in almost all major ports around the world. For mariners who live far from home for several months at a time, these havens make a real difference; they’re a home away from home. At Mariners’ House of Montreal, which has been welcoming seafarers since 1863, in addition to human warmth, they find various means to communicate with their loved ones, religious services, rest and recreation facilities, books and clothing.

About 15,000 seafarers a year stop over in Montreal and most of them are Indian and Philippine nationals.

In the picture : Patricia Sarazen, Administrator, Ministry to Seafarers, Carolyn Osborne, General Manager, Mariner’s House Montreal, Tony Boemi, Vice-President at MPA, Growth and Development

In brief




A total of 114,517 cruise passengers and crew members visited the Port of Montreal in 2017, up a record 33% over last year. Montreal is becoming an urban destination of choice for international cruise lines and their passengers.

In all, the city received 52 visits from 16 international cruise lines and 21 different liners at the new Cruise Terminal located on Alexandra Pier in Old Montreal and at the T3 Terminal located east of Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

This phenomenon is largely due to the tireless efforts of the members of the Montreal Cruise Committee and the planning and operations staff, who were warmly thanked by Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

Read the press release





On November 2, the Port of Montreal joined the municipal social economy council’s movement L’économie sociale, j’achète!. The 19 member organizations of this Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal (CESIM) are committed to purchasing products and services from social economy enterprises.

The CESIM network is comprised of 38 social economy enterprises in 21 different fields ranging from catering, greening and housekeeping services to audio-visual production, printing and security services. Their actions target environmental protection, social and professional reintegration, revitalizing neighbourhoods and fighting poverty.

At the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), an internal committee that represents every department will be set up to encourage partnerships with these social economy enterprises.

To learn more about buying into the social economy, visit the CESIM website.