A record year for the Port of Montreal
In 2014, the Port of Montreal handled a record 30 million tonnes of cargo. Likewise, on the cruise front, 2014 was the year the Port of Montreal welcomed 71,000+ cruise passengers and crew members, another record, up 1.5% over 2013.
For learn more about the Port of Montreal’s results in 2014, check out the 2014 annual report:
EcoMaris in Châtelaine magazine
EcoMaris, the organization that helps young dropouts develop their self-esteem and environmental awareness, supported by the Port of Montreal, was the subject of an article in Châtelaine magazine, available online (French only)
Educational project Il n’y a pas d’ailleurs (There’s nowhere else)
EcoMaris partnered with M-Expertise Marine and Expédition 7e Continent to bring to fruition the educational project Il n’y a pas d’ailleurs (There’s nowhere else) aimed, among other things, to make people aware of water pollution by plastic waste. An estimated 10 million tonnes of plastic waste wind up in the oceans every year. To learn more (French only)
Promising cruise season
The cruise season looks bright in Montreal. At least 71,000 passengers are expected this year at the Port of Montreal, up 26% from last year. This year, 19 ships will pass through Montreal on a total of 77 voyages, 25 more than last year.
To welcome cruise passengers even better, the Port of Montreal has a major project in the works to upgrade the passenger terminal on Alexandra Pier. To find out more about this project
Gala recognizing environmental and sustainable development achievements in Montreal
The Port of Montreal was one of the sponsors of the 9th edition of the CRE (regional environmental council) of Montreal award gala held on April 29, with some 530 people taking part. The event spotlights inspiring projects by partners of Montreal’s sustainable development plan.
Among the winners was the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-pointe-aux-Trembles, a neighbour of the Port of Montreal, for developing a square in Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles. This is a public space developed along the St. Lawrence shoreline.
Another port neighbour, the Sainte-Marie district, was also one of the winners for its eco-district De ruelle en ruelle (From alley to alley), an educational tour of 11 green alleys.
To find out more (French only)
Printer cartridges for Mira
For several years, the Port of Montreal has participated in the recycling program of used printer cartridges launched 20 years ago by the MIRA Foundation, making it possible to train 25 guide dogs a year. These dogs are then given free of charge to people with a visual or physical disability, as well as to parents of children with a pervasive development disorder.
Every Quebecker who uses a printer can help the Mira Foundation by depositing used cartridges in one of numerous collection boxes, if you only have one or two, or by simply calling Mira Foundation, which provides a free collection service.
Visit the Mira Foundation’s new website