in brief

The R/V Sikuliaq Alaska visits us


On July 23, the Port of Montreal welcomed a spanking new oceanographic research vessel. The 261-foot R/V Sikuliaq Alaska is owned by the National Science Foundation, a United States government agency that financially supports fundamental scientific research. The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the vessel. It cost close to $200 million to build and is one of the most advanced scientific research vessels in the world. The Sikuliaq will be dedicated to research on the Arctic environment.

Watch the ship’s christening and spectacular launch ceremony at Marinette Wisconsin


A first for the Pearl Mist

On July 20 at 7:16 am, the Pearl Mist cruise ship docked for the first time at the Port of Montreal’s Iberville Passenger Terminal.  At 100 metres long, it may not compete with the huge 250-metre liners such as the AIDAbella, which called on us last summer, but it comes second to none for its comfort and luxury.  Its spacious cabins all have a large private balcony and its chefs serve exquisite meals. Operated by Pearl Seas Cruises, the Pearl Mist sails the waters of the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, the Maritime Provinces and the Atlantic Coast.

Awards for the Port


The Port of Montreal has received no fewer than five awards in recent months.

In April, it was the proud recipient of an Étoile d’Or trophy, awarded annually by Cercle Esteler - Belgian Business Network in Quebec, in honour of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Port of Antwerp in 2013. Read the press release.  

In May, Ogilvy Montreal, the agency the Port of Montreal uses to develop its advertising campaigns, earned a Silver award in the B2B category at the Summit Creative Awards held in New York, for the Port’s B2B print campaign. 

In early June, the Port won two Awards of Distinction from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) through its 2014 Communications Awards Program. One of the awards recognized the high calibre of concept and production that went into the 175th Gold-Headed Cane Presentation Ceremony. The second award recognized Logbook E-magazine as the winner in the Periodicals Category. You’re reading Logbook right now!

Still in June, the Port of Montreal won a Merit Award, Special Events, discerned by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), which also recognized the high quality of the 175th anniversary of the Gold-Headed Cane Presentation Ceremony held on January 3, 2014. Read the PortInfo Express article  



Visitors te the Port

The Port of Montreal regularly welcomes visitors. In May, the Port hosted a delegation from the Port of Cotonou, Benin. It also received a visit from a group of industrial engineers, as well as 200 members of Montreal’s business community. In addition, the Port welcomed students from National Defence, students in Transportation and Logistics at Champlain College for a two-day training session and a group of students from France. The Port gave a presentation on its facilities to the guides on the Cavalier Maxim cruise ship and the cycling tour guides at Vélopousse Maisonneuve. These visits are important for the Port of Montreal, which takes to heart its mission to foster its relationships with its various partners, namely the business community, marine industry players, residents and in particular, its neighbouring communities.

in a mariner's words



“Your daughter and mine are the best friends in the world. Elles s’adonnent tellement bien! – They get along so well.” 

Adonner can be translated in many ways in English. For example, when two people naturally get along, it is said that they s’adonnent bien.  In the marine world, the term is used when the wind and the vessel go together, that is, when the wind changes and starts blowing in the direction that optimizes sailing. Poetic, isn’t it?

This shift in wind is called adonnante. It is called refusante when the wind changes to less favourable angle for sailing. The marine dictionary explains that when the wind adonne, it is coming around from behind the stern, which is favourable for sailing.

For a choice of French and French-English glossaries of nautical terms:



How many countries does the Port of Montreal serve?

Answer : around 140


In 2013, cargo ships connected the Port of Montreal to 140 countries around the world. Directly or indirectly, Montreal serves more than twenty countries in Northern Europe, fifteen countries in the Mediterranean, about thirty in Africa, fifteen in the Middle East, thirty-seven in Latin America, seventeen in Asia and three in Oceania, in addition to the United States. 

Some of the cargo was transshipped along the way, meaning it was unloaded at a port so that it could be reloaded onto a different vessel. One of the reasons for the need to ‘jump ship’ this way is the immensity of new container ships. Their huge size only lets them dock in deep water ports fitted with the right size of handling equipment, such as the Port of Valencia, Spain. In transshipment ports, containers are loaded onto smaller vessels that can get to more shallow ports, such as river ports.

This is how transhipment enables the Port of Montreal to diversity its traffic, in other words, to be connected to more destinations. For example, transhipped cargo that goes through the Suez Canal makes it possible for Montreal to connect more easily to Asia and Africa.
To learn more, check out the Port’s Shipping Directory on our website, “Geographic Areas Served” page.