Pre-Arrival Notification at the Port of Montreal

The owner or the individual responsible for a vessel must send the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) Harbour Master's Office the Pre-Arrival Notification form 96 hours prior to the vessel's expected arrival. The form can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This standardized form is used by the following organizations: Canada Revenue Agency, Immigration Canada, Agriculture Canada and the MPA Harbour Master's Office.



 General rates

For more information about these tariffs, please contact the Growth and Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Water Service

To obtain drinking water, the person responsible for the vessel must request this service from the Control Centre: 514 283-7022.


Water service will be provided at all times. To request the water service please advise the Harbour Master’s Office before 3 p.m. the day prior to the service required. Installation of hoses will be done early in the morning and they will be removed upon completion of service, preferably in early afternoon. in case of emergency only, water can be provided at any hour. However, the extra costs involved will be billed. Furthermore, even if the request for water is made by a supplier of service, the bill will remain the shipowner’s responsibility.



To obtain electricity for a laid-up vessel, the person responsible for the vessel must request this service from the Control Centre: 514 283-7022.

The connection time services are as follows: Monday to Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Friday, between 7 a.m. and noon.  


Fees for various services 

Refer to the applicable fees for various services available at the MPA (grey water management, permits, labour services, rentals).



Pilotage is compulsory on the St. Lawrence River. Pilots board incoming vessels at Les Escoumins pilotage station (48°19' N, 069°25' W). On the way to Montreal, pilot substitutions are made at Quebec City, and again at Trois-Rivières.

The river pilots are responsible for the berthing and casting off of vessels. Port pilots are responsible for all movements within the Port of Montreal.

The captain of a vessel leaving the port must send a first departure notice to the Laurentian Pilotage Authority 12 hours before the estimated time of departure (ETD) and a final notice 4 hours prior to departure, either confirming or amending the ETD. The captain of a vessel planning to move anywhere within the Port of Montreal must give 3 hours' notice.

These notices must be called in by phone to the Dispatch Centre at 1 800 361-0747 or 514 496-2155, or by VHF. For more information, please refer to Notices to Mariners (Notices 1 to 46), Annual Edition.

Visit the Laurentian Pilotage Authorit 



Three companies offer towing services in the port:

Océan Remorquage Montréal Inc., a subsidiary of Le Groupe Océan Inc., which owns a modern fleet of 34 tugs ranging from 1200 HP to 8000 HP. T: 514 849-2221 Visit Ocean Harbour Towing

McKeil Marine Limited, which has a fleet of 25 tugs ranging from 800 HP to 6000 HP as well as a large number of barges for special project cargo, transport and marine construction. T: 514 640-4970

Montreal Boatmen/Les Chaloupiers de Montréal is a subsidiary of the WestPier Marine Group. It operates a tug and barge service from Section 115, the main anchorage area in the Port of Montreal. It provides a full range of vessel anchoring services at Pointe-Aux-Trembles, Vickers and Montreal-East. In addition to anchorage services, the fleet has the capacity to carry heavy packages and special project cargo. T: 514 640-8847 / 905 834-7822 



For LNG refuelling, the following form must be completed:

Loading of liquified natural gas



Different options are available for bunkering vessels:




To proceed with caustic soda, you must complete the form entitled Loading of Caustic Soda

Loading of Caustic Soda