At the core of a rapidly evolving marine industry, the Port of Montreal is more than ever forward-looking. We are always on the lookout for innovative solutions to meet logistics challenges, protect the environment and gain efficiency in all our activities.
Partnership with Centech: Collision Lab
In 2018, the Port of Montreal partnered with Centech to create North America’s first port innovation accelerator. Four innovation themes guide the unit’s work: supply chain visibility and freight mobility, cybersecurity, process improvement and agility, and supply chain decarbonization.
The Port of Montreal has teamed up with Mely.ai, a startup specializing in data retrieval for automated solutions, to develop a new Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) tool based on artificial intelligence and focused on data transparency.
The Port of Montreal in augmented reality
An augmented reality program is behind the partnership with PreVu3D and ARA Robotics to model three-dimensional port locations and facilities. Such a tool makes it possible to improve infrastructure planning, optimize space and even tour the Port’s facilities in virtual reality.
Detect defective containers
Combining artificial intelligence and visual technology, Canscan launched a solution which can remotely and automatically detect defective containers.
Training with virtual reality
Partners in innovation
Improving water quality
As part of a project to improve water quality in and around port facilities, the port authorities of Montreal, Quebec and Trois-Rivières have jointly launched an innovation challenge to Quebec startups.
Led by the Port of Antwerp, this ambitious project was established to design and launch large-scale projects to improve the global supply chain’s efficiency, fluidity and performance. As part of the partnership agreement between the Port of Montreal and the Port of Antwerp, the project will also make it possible to create a cyber-secured trade corridor between the ports of Montreal and Antwerp.
Member of chainPORT since March 2017
Founded by the Port of Hamburg, the chainPORT group makes it possible for members to exchange information and develop innovative, forward-looking solutions.
Rethinking port logistics
Measuring the carbon footprint of vessels
Launched in collaboration with Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS), the project provides real-time data on the route, speed and position of vessels heading to Montreal, allowing ships to optimize their sailing speed, to shorten anchoring time before docking, and to benefit operational planning and optimization.
AI in times of health crisis
In partnership with Scale AI, the Port of Montreal is using artificial intelligence to streamline the supply chain. In this context, CargO2ai is a system to quickly identify goods deemed "critical" by government authorities. Learn more:
Planning freight trains
Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), the Port of Montreal benefits from a new predictive tool for planning freight trains based on variables such as ship arrivals, storage capacity and workforce availability (ongoing development).
The Trucking PORTal application: A GHG reduction project
The Trucking PORTal reports on truck traffic and wait times at container terminals in real time, including predictive data on processing times at the Port of Montreal’s various container terminals. This new tool helps port truck drivers plan their routes better and improves traffic flow on Port territory, thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Innovation in the service of sustainable development
The Port of Montreal promotes green navigation through its innovative initiatives. Recently, it introduced shore power for cruise ships and wintering vessels (reducing GHG emissions by about 2,800 tonnes per year), and put in place a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply solution to refuel ships with a less polluting fuel.
Montreal intermodal Performance Measures (MIPM): decision-support and real-time monitoring tools
In collaboration with key partners, the Montreal Port Authority is leading a comprehensive program to monitor overall port performance. The measures report on vessel, terminal, rail and truck operations.
In the service of safety, efficiency and the environment
Since 2008, the Port of Montreal has been implementing an electronic navigation system that improves efficiency and safety, while contributing to the protection of the marine environment. For example, the DUKC® (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system implemented in 2013 on the St. Lawrence River aims to optimize the use of the water column to ensure the safe passage of each vessel.
Smart Port challenge
Innovation applied to port operations
Established in 2016, this partnership between the MPA and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), consists of launching a challenge each year to the students in the ÉTS operations and logistics engineering program to propose solutions to an actual innovation problem in port operations.