The container market has been growing steadily in Montreal since its inception more than half a century ago.

14.3 million tonnes of containerized goods

1.6 million containers

5 container terminals

The Port of Montreal's North American markets in 2020

The Port of Montreal’s strategic geographic location provides importers and exporters access to 110 million consumers in Canada, the U.S. Midwest and Northeast in less than two days by rail or truck.

International market diversification in 2020

Asia, the Middle East and Latin America account for nearly 40% of our containerized market, making the Port of Montreal a leading international container port with worldwide connections to over 140 countries. Through its direct connections with transshipment ports in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the Port of Montreal is a proven competitive solution linking North America’s industrial heartland and Eastern Canada to the rest of the world.

Evolution in container traffic over 10 years

graphique progression marchandises conteneurisees
 
 

Container terminals — international traffic

Each of the four international container terminals, namely Viau, Racine, Maisonneuve and Cast, can accommodate two post-Panamax ships simultaneously and is equipped with dockside access to the rail networks.

OperatorTermont Montréal Inc.Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership
TerminalsMaisonneuveViauCastRacine
Area

50 acres

55 acres

76 acres

61 acres

Berths

3

2

3

3

Berth length

630 metres (cranes)

630 metres (cranes)

740 metres (cranes)

770 metres (cranes)

Rail capacity

110 x 89-ft cars

(4 tracks)

85 x 89-ft cars

(5 tracks)

120 x 89-ft cars

(8 tracks)

120 x 89-ft cars

(4 tracks)

Storage capacity

12,500 TEU

17,000 TEU

20,000 TEU

15,000 TEU

Reefer capacity

288 electrical plugs + 102 diesel generators

288 electrical plugs

420 electrical plugs + 176 electrical outlets available on diesel generators

280 electrical plugs + 96 electrical outlets available on diesel generators

Truck gates

8 lanes pre-gate / terminal gates fully automated

9 fully automated lanes

7 lanes

9 lanes

Ship-to-shore cranes

4

4

4

5

Rubber-tired gantries

11

10

10

9

Front-end loaders

12

10

13

13

Yard tractors / trailers

35

35

42/40

42/40

Effective handling capacity

450,000 TEU

600,000 TEU

800,000 TEU

500,000 TEU

Depth alongside*

10.8 metres

10.8 metres

10.8 metres

10.8 metres

* At chart datum

Contacts

Container terminals— domestic traffic

Bickerdike, the fifth terminal, handles domestic container traffic mainly between Montreal and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. It also handles breakbulk and Ro-Ro cargo.

Bickerdike
Operator

Empire Stevedoring Co. Ltd

Area

24 acres

Berths

2

Berth length

357 metres

Rail capacity

50 railcars

Storage capacity

4500 TEU

Reefer and heater capacity

60 reefer plugs
 100 heating plugs

Truck gates

2 entry lanes / 2 exit lanes

Ship-to-shore cranes

2

Rubber-tired gantries

3

Front-end loaders

8

Yard tractors / trailers

18

Effective handling capacity

150,000 TEU

Depth alongside*

8.8 metres

* At chart datum

Contact