in brief

New ship for Oceanex

The largest Canadian-flag roll-on/roll-off container ship (Con/Ro) was launched in Flensburg, Germany, on May 31. The Oceanex Connaigra is 210 metres long. It is designed to transport containers varying in size from 20 to 53 feet as well as trucks, trailers, cars and over-dimensional cargo.  Newfoundland-based Oceanex provides transportation services between Mexico, the United States and mainland Canada to the island of Newfoundland. In the Port of Montreal, Oceanex vessels call at Bickerdike Terminal, located in Windmill Point Basin.
Read the press release

Locate Windmill Point Basin on the Port of Montreal map

Baie St. Paul wins bulk ship award

The first of four new Trillium Class lakers launched by Montreal-based shipping line CSL has been named “Bulk Ship of the Year” by International Bulk Journal. The self-unloading vessel is specially designed to sail the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.
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Port of Montreal present in Germany

The Port of Montreal is now the first hit on the Internet when someone in Germany is searching for a port in North America. The Internet user is directed to a site written in German that provides information on services through the Port of Montreal.
Visit the German site



A new microsite for cruising to Montreal


A new website provides vital information to cruise enthusiasts and shipping lines that want to know everything about cruising the St Lawrence River up to Montreal. The Montreal Cruise Committee created the microsite. The Port of Montreal is member of the committee.
Visit the site




High marks from Green Marine

The Port of Montreal has again this year received high marks from Green Marine in its annual environmental progress report. The 2012 report was made public during the 2013 Green Tech conference, held in Vancouver from May 29 to 31. Carole Nuttall, an environmental advisor for the Port of Montreal, gave a presentation on geomatics and environmental management during a session at the conference.
Consult the Green Marine report


Three elected representatives at port

Robert Sauvé, director of infrastructure management at the port, has been elected to the board of directors of Quebec’s Order of Engineers. Tony Boemi, vice-president of growth and development, has been named to the board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Réal Couture, vice-president of finance, is a member of the board of directors of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations!



In a Mariner’s Words : "en vrac"

“I always buy my candy in bulk. I can choose what I want, I pay less, and I avoid extra packaging.”

Bulk sugar for Lantic Sugar is unloaded at Sutherland Pier in the
Port of Montreal.

The expression comes from the Dutch word wrac heard frequently in ports starting in the 15th century. The wrac was an extremely poor quality type of fish. In the 18th century, people began to use the word vrac (bulk) to describe fish in a barrel, or those that had not been sorted. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the expression “en vrac” (in bulk) was used to describe loose or unpackaged goods transported in large quantities. In stores, bulk items are generally sold by the pound or by volume.

In maritime transportation, the expression refers to cargo transported in a ship’s hold. Dry bulk includes such items as sand and sugar, while liquid bulk refers to petroleum products, wine, oils, molasses, etc. Bulk vessels transport dry bulk products, while tankers move liquid bulk products.

There are families in France, mainly in Normandy and in the eastern part of the country, whose last name is Vrac.It is believed that the name comes from the expression vracage which, in Old French, referred to a tax on items found in shipwrecks. The name can also be attributed to the collector of these taxes or even to shipwreck looters.

Sources: Antidote, Centre national de ressources textuelles et lexicales, Wikipedia




Calling all  photographers

The St. Lawrence River, the Port of Montreal and ships are a source of inspiration for visual artists and photographers in particular. Friends of the Port of Montreal share their photographs with us on a regular basis.  

This space is reserved for your photos. We’ll choose several and publish them in each Logbook issue. Snap away!

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Why are berths east of the Jacques Cartier Bridge built at an angle?


Berths are built at an angle to protect ships from the St. Mary’s Current, which is caused by the narrowing of the river at that location. It is a particularly strong current that can make navigation very difficult during rough weather.

These angled berths help push away the current, creating the calm waters that are required to safely dock ships.

The current is very well known. It even inspired the name for the historic building Au-Pied-du Courant (at the foot of the current), an old prison that is now the Quebec Liquor Board’s head office. It also lent its name to the Faubourg Saint-Marie neighbourhood that faces the river at that location, between Papineau and Bercy Streets. The sector is also known by some as “Faubourg m’lasse” for all of the molasses that was unloaded at berths in the area.