Viau: a new international container terminal
Symbol of Montreal’s economic vitality


November 18, 2016 - In 2013, the Port redeveloped its land in the Viau sector to make more space available for container storage. This project made possible a capacity of 150,000 TEUs  (twenty-foot equivalent unit).

In January 2015, we announced that a container terminal would be developed in the Viau sector to boost the Port of Montreal’s handling capacity by 450,000 TEUs of container. Including the previous container storage works, the completed project would bring the total handling capacity in the Viau sector to 600,000 TEUs.

The Viau Terminal is being set up in two phases. The first phase, begun in June 2015, ended in November 2016. The Montreal Port Authority held its inauguration on November 18 in the company of the project’s financial partners with, among others, Infrastructure Canada and Termont Montreal Inc., the terminal operator.

Project highlights:

  • Viau Terminal capacity: 600,000 TEUs of container at term bringing the Port of Montreal’s capacity to 2.1M TEUs of container
  • Additional economic benefits at term: $340M per year and 2,500 direct and indirect jobs
  • Integration of the principles of sustainable development (for example, an innovative soil reclamation project and deployment of a communication and consultation plan in 2015, before the start of project works)

Description of the terminal and project works:

  • Current service area of the terminal (after project works): 200,000 m2 (representing over 33 Canadian football fields)
  • Installation of two gantry cranes, the tallest at the Port of Montreal (95.5 metres each corresponding to half the height of Place Ville-Marie)
  • Development of two berths, at term (330 metres)
  • Intermodal zone and truck access routes
  • Multiservice building including garage space, administrative offices and a room for longshore workers
  • Redevelopment of railway services
  • Redevelopment of road access

Studies assessing this project’s environmental were conducted by the MPA and Termont, the operator. Also, the MPA had a series of meetings with various stakeholders (business partners, municipal and local community organizations and interest groups) and held open houses with nearby residents. These discussions made it possible to answer community members’ questions and address their concerns about the project, and in turn to develop mitigation measures, when possible and necessary, both for during the works and the operation of the terminal. At the request of residents during these public consultations, the cranes are grey instead of red so that they blend better into the landscape.

Fact sheet
Press release on the inauguration
The works of the Viau terminal in video