In brief

Taking care of the future

(Rimouski) The Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) and Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) have concluded a unique sponsorship agreement that will allow five first-year mechanical and navigation students to receive up to $15,000 in bursaries. Officers will also mentor the students during their studies. CSL is the world’s leading operator of self-unloading vessels and has a total of more than 50 ships in its fleet.

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Port in the City Day a huge success

This year’s Port in the City Day, organized by the Port of Montreal to allow Montrealers to discover their port, was a huge success. The event was held on Saturday, September 8. More than 2,150 people enjoyed a free one-hour cruise aboard AML Cruises’ Cavalier Maxim. There were five departures between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. AML was a partner with the port in the event. Next year’s Port in the City Day will be held on September 7, 2013.

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New park alongside port

The City of Montreal inaugurated Belvédère du Chemin-qui-marche park on September 17. The linear park is located alongside the Port of Montreal, south of de la Commune St. and east of Berri St., in the Ville-Marie borough. Important historical dates, some of which involve the port, are inscribed on wood and steel benches in the park. “Chemin-qui-marche” is an expression that has been used in books since the 17th century to describe the St. Lawrence River.

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Boatloads of work!

A Montreal Science Centre program allows Grade 3 elementary school students to discover what it was like to be a longshoreman in the Port of Montreal at the beginning of the 20th century. As part of the activity students become longshoremen and are introduced to the profession. They learn their way around the port’s various sectors and find out about the main types of goods handled.




In Town Without My Car

As part of the “In Town Without My Car” event in Montreal on September 21-22, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency and the Port of Montreal organized a visit of a commuter train for the public. The train was located in the Old Port. A Port of Montreal team was in charge of moving the train at night and returning it during the day so that CN trains could move through the port. 



In a mariner’s words: bollards

“Tomorrow morning we will repair the top of Berth M6 at Bollard 42.”

If you don’t know what a bollard is, then you might be late for work! Its location is extremely precise.

You might not know a bollard by its name but you’ll know one to see one. They exist in all ports throughout the world. They’ve even become a symbol. A bollard is a squat vertical post with two short arms around which a docked ship’s mooring lines are attached.



More than 900 bollards are lined up along the Port of Montreal’s berths. While they are used to tie up ships, they also serve as landmarks for the port’s operations personnel. The port’s geomatics team has the location of each bollard pinned down to almost the centimetre. As a vertical benchmark, bollards assist with land surveying operations. Each year anchors with GPS antennas are attached to bollards in order to measure port berths and determine if they may have shifted. This helps verify infrastructure stability on a periodic basis. Indeed, they’ve become smart bollards.



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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How many kilometres does the Port of Montreal cover along the St. Lawrence River?

Port facilities extend along 26 km on the island of Montreal. In addition, the port covers another 4 km of land that it owns at the Port of Contrecoeur, located some 40 km downstream from Montreal, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence. On the Island, the port’s western boundary is the Bonaventure Expressway, where the port started in 1830.

Facilities extend all the way to the petroleum terminals in Pointe-aux-Trembles. The Contrecoeur Terminal expansion project is part of a long-term strategy. The land needed to build port facilities that would respond to the increase in container traffic over the long term was acquired between 1988 and 1992.