Montreal has a new Cruise Terminal
On June 10, the MS Maasdam had the honour of being the first cruise ship to dock at Montreal’s new Cruise Terminal.
The new building is the Port of Montreal’s legacy in honour of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations this year. During its design phase, the wishes of citizens who regularly visit the St. Lawrence riverfront were taken into account. When all the work is completed next spring,
Montrealers will be invited to visit the Terminal’s green roof terrace and the large public area, which is being lowered at the end of the pier to provide great access to the river.
Horticulturalist Denis Le Breton and
his team planted 30,000 plants on the
Terminal's green roof terrace.
In addition, visitors have been welcomed with open arms to the History of Ships exhibition that opened on July 19.
As a gateway for thousands of international tourists, this new Terminal will be able to meet the needs of the growing number of cruise ships that are choosing Montreal as a destination. The number of passengers and crew members who disembark has risen from 70,000 in 2013 to close to 115,000 this year. And this number continues to climb!
The Cruise Terminal rehabilitation project was made possible through the financial contribution of the Quebec government ($20 million) and the City of Montreal ($15 million). As for the Port, the Montreal Port Authority invested $43 million, bringing the total investment to $78 million.
Visit History of Ships!
The History of Ships exhibition at the new Cruise Terminal has been so popular throughout the summer that the Port of Montreal decided to extend its opening.
New schedule: Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 12 to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the exhibition, we invite you to visit the Port of Montreal’s website here.
Progress on the Contrecoeur terminal project
On October 12, the Port of Montreal submitted its Environmental Impact Statement to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) for the project to build a container terminal at Contrecoeur. Between 1988 and 1992, the MPA acquired 468 hectares of land, 4km of shoreline and a terminal that had been operating since the 1950s in Contrecœur. The future terminal will be able to handle over one million containers. This will become necessary when the capacity of the terminals on the Island of Montreal reaches full saturation. This timeline is linked in particular to the strength of world trade and, consequently, to the growth of marine traffic in Montreal.
Next stage: After going through the impact study, the CEAA will hold a public consultation and integrate the results of it to produce its analysis report. This will be the basis of the federal Minister of the Environment’s decision to allow or not allow the terminal to be constructed.
To carry out its impact study, the Port of Montreal met with the communities and organizations in the Contrecoeur area affected by the project, and took into account their concerns. These include the protection of flora and fauna, noise and the visual impact of the new terminal’s facilities. The Port plans to take every measure to minimize these impacts. It intends to act in a spirit of transparency and respect for communities and the environment.
In addition, these new port operations will generate positive economic benefits: an upswing in the region’s economic activity and the creation of new jobs.
A more environmentally friendly fuel
On May 18, the world’s first dual-fuel asphalt carrier, the Damia Desgagnés, was baptized at the Port of Montreal. An asphalt carrier is a tanker that carries bitumen in tanks heated between 150 and 220 degrees Celsius to keep it in a liquid state.
The launch of the Damia Desgagnés, from Groupe Desgagnés, is excellent news for the shipping industry, which is striving to reduce its impact on the environment. A dual-fuel engine uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) in addition to marine diesel or heavy fuel oil. When the Damia Desgagnés uses LNG as its primary source of energy, it achieves several environmental objectives, including:
- the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 25% due to a lower carbon content in natural gas compared to liquid fuels
- the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by more than 85% due to the lean-burn mode of combustion by its engine;
- the almost total elimination of sulphur oxide (SOX) emissions as there is very little of it in natural gas; and
- the almost non-existent emission of particles into the air due to the efficient combustion of natural gas.
The baptism of the Damia Desgagnés was attended by representatives of Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal. Here is a clip of the event.
In response to this drive to switch to a less emissive fuel, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal took the opportunity to announce that an LNG supply solution for marine fuel will now be available at the Port of Montreal. Together, Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal joined forces to develop an LNG supply system that will be operated by a subsidiary of Gaz Métro.