The Government of Canada officially heralds the provisional application of the CETA at the Port of Montreal
At the Port of Montreal’s Viau Terminal, this morning the Government of Canada, represented by the Minister of International Trade, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, officially heralded the first day of the provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The event was held at the Port’s new international container terminal in with representatives of the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, several ambassadors and consuls, and representatives from the business communities of Canada and the European Union (EU).
“CETA is tailor-made for the Port of Montreal, a major trade hub for goods transiting between Europe and North America, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of its very first container,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). “Its uninterrupted growth since 1967 is a strong sign of the importance of our supply chain in international trade, as well as the context of our project for a new container terminal at Contrecoeur, a key project for the future of the container market in Quebec and Canada”.
Holding this event at Viau Terminal was a real privilege for the Port, and clearly demonstrated the Port of Montreal’s pivotal role in international trade and its unique position in Canada. More than 80% of containerized cargo between Canada and the European Union passes through the Port of Montreal, making it Canada’s largest port for container traffic with the European Union.
The Port of Montreal is the second largest in Canada and the largest in Eastern Canada. It is the only international container handling port in Quebec. It is the most direct intermodal link between North America’s industrial heartland and the European Union’s markets.
In the picture : Steve Verheul, CETA Chief Negociator, Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie of Quebec, Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade of Canada, Peteris Ustubs, Ambassador, EU representative to Canada, Sylvie Vachon, President & CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.
Fire prevention: the Port of Montreal recognized by the Quebec Association of Fire Prevention Technicians
On Saturday, September 15, the Safety and Fire Prevention team of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) was honoured to receive the Orange Triangle Award at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Quebec Association of Fire Prevention Technicians (ATPIQ) that was held in Rivière-du-Loup.
The MPA team received this award in recognition of its efforts to develop and harmonize an emergency measures plan for the Port of Montreal with all the partners involved.
The MPA’s Emergency Response Plan promotes safety awareness and this award recognizes the organization’s commitment to the safety of its employees and its critical infrastructures..
The MPA uses best practices in security. Its highly qualified and experienced fire safety officers and inspectors protect people and goods 24/7 all year long.
In the picture : Fire Prevention Team, Robert Pilon, Stéphane Préville, Alain Arsenault, Deputy Harbour Master, Fire & Hazardous-Materials, Michel Brunet and Francis Roberge Perron, Fire Prevention Inspectors.
The Port of Montreal a proud partner of the City of Contrecoeur’s 350th anniversary
The Montreal Port Authority is pleased to announce that it will be a Gold partner in the 350th anniversary celebrations of the City of Contrecoeur. The Port of Montreal is committed to the neighbouring communities along its port facilities, giving rise to its involvement with the Contrecoeur community and its contribution to this major event.
Contrecoeur will celebrate this anniversary throughout 2018, when it will offer the public a full program of activities featuring the city’s history, sports, culture and huge shows.