Message from the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the President and Chief Executive Officer

The Port of Montreal is a force for growth – an economic, logistics and international force. The Port develops these forces with a commitment to community service and respect for the environment. This makes the Port a sustainable force as well. The Port’s strengths served it well in 2015. It boosted its volume of cargo handled despite the uncertain economic situation. These same strengths will allow the Port to proceed with many major projects in the coming years.


  1. 2015 January

    New container terminal

    The Port launches a project to develop a new container terminal in the Viau sector, where capacity will increase to 600,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The new terminal will be operational at the end of 2016. The Port is benefiting from a contribution of $43.7 million from the federal government through the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.

  2. 2015 April

    New MSC service

    MSC strengthens its presence in the Port of Montreal with the new Med-Canada Express 2 (MCE2) service, which connects Montreal to the Mediterranean ports of Valencia, Spain, and Sines, Portugal.

  3. 2015 June

    First Quebec Maritime Strategy

    The first Quebec Maritime Strategy is unveiled by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at our Iberville Passenger Terminal, and applauded by the Port of Montreal. This initiative calls for investments of $1.5 billion in the first action plan, notably for the creation of logistics hubs.

  4. 2015 July

    Shore power

    The Port announces the installation of shore power for cruise ships at its passenger terminal and for vessels wintering in the Port. Government contributions: $5 million from Ottawa and $3 million from Quebec.

  5. 2015 September

    Annual ACPA conference

    The Port of Montreal hosts the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA). Notable participants include Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Jean D’Amour, the Minister for Maritime Affairs, and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

  6. 2015 October

    Additional vessel for Hapag-Lloyd

    Hapag-Lloyd announces the integration of an additional vessel, the Quebec Express, to its AT2 service to Northern Europe.

    Also, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard participates in the Port of Montreal’s commercial reception in Chicago.

  7. 2015 November

    New Iberville Passenger Terminal

    The Port launches work for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville Passenger Terminal. Government contributions: $20 million from Quebec and $15 million from the City of Montreal. The project coincides with historic events in 2017: the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal.

  8. 2015 December

    Contrecoeur Container Terminal Project

    The Port submits its project description to launch the environmental process for development of a container terminal at Contrecoeur.

  1. An Economic Force

    The Port of Montreal is the largest container port in Eastern Canada and the only container port in Quebec and Ontario. Containerized cargo posted the strongest growth in terms of volume in 2015, up 4.1% to total 13.1 million tonnes. The emerging markets of Asia and the Middle East continue to show the strongest growth, along with the Mediterranean.

  2. A Logistics Force

    The year 2015 was marked by the launch of many significant projects.

    • Launch of worksites for the new container terminal in the Viau sector, Alexandra Pier and Iberville Passenger Terminal, as well as the renovation of the Cité-du-Havre building.
    • Installation of shore power and development of a dashboard to manage the Port’s electrical network.
    • Establishment of a real-time data processing system to improve truck traffic and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. An International Force

    The Port of Montreal welcomes vessels from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania and Latin America. In 2015, the Port of Montreal strengthened its presence on the international scene.


    • Active presence of Port of Montreal representatives in Hong Kong, Western Europe and the United States.
    • Active presence of Port of Montreal representatives in Hong Kong, Western Europe and the United States.
    • Greater presence in international electronic media.


    98% of clients are satisfied and 54% are very satisfied with the services provided by the Port of Montreal (2015 satisfaction survey).

  4. A Sustainable Force

    The Port of Montreal strives for excellence with regard to environmental and social responsibility.


    The Port reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of cargo handled by 11% over the past three years. Furthermore, the Port integrates environmental criteria into all of its infrastructure maintenance and modernization projects.

    Social Responsibility

    The Port cares about its stakeholders and maintains an active presence in its community. In 2015, it continued to give back to the community through its Community Investment Policy, which supports three sectors: socioeconomic development, education related to marine careers, and the environment.


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