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PORT OF MONTREAL 2018 DIRECTORYSECTION 1033NavigationThe St. Lawrence River is one of the world’slargest navigable waterways. There are no locksto slow down traffic between Montreal and theAtlantic. The channel, open year-round, isdredged to a depth of 11.3 metres (37 feet)below chart datum.Highly skilled pilots and the CanadianCoast Guard ensure safety on the river. Acomputerized information system comprising 19water level gauge receiving stations locatedthroughout the St. Lawrence River helpsmaximize the loading of deep-draft vessels bysimultaneously transmitting the variations inwater levels. Ships are also equipped with satellitenavigation and electronic chart display andinformation systems. St. Lawrence pilots takesteering control of vessels in the restrictedwaters portion of the river, with their ownnavigation and electronic positioning equipment.This distinctive element increases the efficiencyand security of navigation. Virtually all types of ships of every size cansail to the Port of Montreal, including post-Panamax ships. Tides and CurrentsA very weak tidal effect, imperceptible to theeye (± 7 cm), subsists in the Port of Montreal. Existing currents are indicated on the Portof Montreal marine charts. St. Mary’s Current isthe 396 metre (1,300 feet) wide passage(bottleneck) between Ste-Hélène and MontrealIslands through which most of the St. LawrenceRiver’s water passes. The average rate of thecurrent in this section of the river is 4.5 knots.Generally, the current along the port’s otherberths is two knots.AnchorageThe MPA operates six anchorage areas on itsterritory. These anchorages are subject to therules listed in the Port of Montreal’s  “Practicesand Procedures.” Accordingly, the areas include thefollowing anchorages:Longueuil (Vickers); Montreal-East; Pointe-aux-Trembles, Amont de Contrecoeur; oppositethe Contrecoeur terminal and LanoraieAnchorageThey are allocated by the Harbour Master’sControl Centre through the MarineCommunication and Traffic Service (MCTS) ofthe Canadian Coast Guard.Private boatmen services are available forvessels at anchor.RegulationsThe following regulations are applicable. Copiesmay be obtained from various authorities:i)Quarantine and Immigrationii)Customsiii)Agricultureiv)Canada Shipping Actv)Operating Regulation, Port of Montrealvi)Pollution Regulation Act as set forth bythe Canada Shipping Act and otherrelevant legislationvii)Marine Traffic ServicesPort DuesPayable to the Montreal Port Authority (whenapplicable):i)Harbour duesii)Berthage and anchorage chargesiii)Wharfage chargesiv)Railway chargesv)Water service chargesvi)Electricity service chargesvii)Passenger chargesviii)Short-term wharf rental (less thana month)ix)External service duesPayable to other authorities (when applicable):i)Linesmenii)Boatmeniii)Towageiv)Pilotagev)Sick mariners’ duesvi)Garbage removalvii)Heavy-lift charges (floating crane)viii)Gas fill-up34PORT OF MONTREAL 2018 DIRECTORYPilotingPiloting is compulsory. Pilots board inboundvessels at Anse-aux-Basques (near LesEscoumains) to direct ships as far as the Port ofQuebec, where they are relieved of their dutiesfor the trip to Trois-Rivières. Pilots must berelieved again at Trois-Rivières before ships mayproceed to Montreal.Pilot stations are the same for vesselsheading upstream or downstream.Berthinga)PilotsRiver pilots help to dock and undock vessels onarrival and departure. Harbour pilots help toperform most of the movements within theharbour limits.However, under certain very specificconditions, a vessel may move from its mooringswithout pilots onboard.b)Use of TugsSome vessels in the port, having met therequirements of MPA practices and proceduresmay, at the discretion of the captain and withthe consent of the pilot, choose not to use theservices of a tugboat.In certain circumstances and conditionsrelated to environmental protection, the safetyof navigation or the security of facilities andoperations, the MPA may oblige the ship toprocure rug services. The applicable towingrequirements according to the type of vessel orstopover terminal are indicated. Additionaltowing requirements may be set by the differentterminal operators. c)LinesmenThe Maritime Employers Association (MEA) isresponsible for providing the services oflinesmen. They are required for all vessels usinglongeshoremen from local 375 to handle cargo.The Harbour Master’s Control Centreprovides dispatch service for the MEA linesmen,24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any orderfor linesmen must by placed by the agent atleast four hours before the vessel’s departure. For vessels that do not require the serviceof MEA linesmen, the services of linesmen areavailable through Urgence Marine Inc. d)BoatmenBoatmen are not normally required fortending lines, but boatmen services for thatpurpose are available if necessary.Available Servicesa)GangwayExcept for passenger vessels, ships’gangways or accommodation ladders arenormally used.b)Fresh waterServices are available at most berths in theharbour.c)BunkeringMost types and grades of fuel oil anddiesel oil are available by barge, by tank truck,or from various oil company wharves. Pipelinesare available at certain wharves or piers. d)Provisions and storesAll types of provisions, as well as deck,cabin and engine stores are available locally.e)ConsulatesAll major countries are represented byconsuls in Montreal.f)LabourAvailable through local stevedoring firms.g)HospitalsMariners may receive treatment at severalhospitals including St. Mary’s Hospital, St-LucHospital, Montreal General Hospital, JewishGeneral Hospital and Notre-Dame Hospital.h)RepairsMount Royal/Walsh, Ocean, Navamar ShipRepairs, Technifab Welding, R.B.M. Ship Servicesand several others are well equipped to performhull, deck and engine repairs, and generalrepairs of any nature.Divex Marine and SPG Hydro provideunderwater repair and inspection services. i)Heavy-lift equipmentOne floating crane (St. Lawrence SeawayHercules): 250-tonne capacity.10Useful Information forNavigators, Shipping Linesand AgentsSECTION10

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