Cruises: Montreal’s popularity on the rise

In 2014, Iberville Passenger Terminal welcomed no fewer than 56,466 cruise passengers to the Port of Montreal. That’s more than it welcomed in 2013, which was more than in 2012, which was more than in 2011. In short, Montreal is attracting more and more cruise passengers. The same phenomenon can be seen in a large number of other stopover cities, as tourists all over the world increasingly opt for the cruise vacation formula.





… and a new passenger terminal in the works

The Port of Montreal is leveraging this rising popularity of cruises. Already last fall, the Paris-based cruise line Rivages du Monde, which specializes in unique cruises along the legendary waterways of the world, chose Montreal as the home port for its cruise ship, the M/V Saint-Laurent Prestige, for the full 2015 season.

In November, the Port of Montreal unveiled its proposed major overhaul of Iberville Passenger Terminal. Inaugurated in 1967 for the world exhibition, it is more than ready for a renaissance. The Port wants to give Montrealers a new, internationally recognized terminal for the 375th anniversary of their city in 2017. Studies show that Montreal is the Quebec destination where a passenger spends the most money, up to $400. In Montreal, seven in ten passengers spend one night or more, before or after their cruise. In 2012, cruises generated $140 million in economic benefits to Quebec and $14 million to Montreal. Read more about the project



The port now on social media

On November 24, the Port of Montreal officially launched its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages. Get to any of them by clicking on the icons at the top of each page on the port’s website. That way you can be aware of what’s happening at the port virtually as it happens: major works at the port, special events, arrival of cruise ships, special ships or cargos in port, texts and photos on marine topics, etc. Follow us! Check out the 5 reasons to follow us.




Gold-Headed Cane 2015

On January 5, the Gold-Headed Cane was awarded to Captain Anuj Kararia, of Indian nationality, master of the Valencia Express, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2015. The captain was welcomed upon arrival at the port by MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon. Read more about Gold-Headed Cane





Shipping’s environmental record getting greener

According to a study by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) there was a 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions between 2007 and 2012. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact that global shipping increased by 14%, from 8 to 9.1 million tonnes. Given that marine transport accounts for 90% of global freight transport, these efforts to respect the environment are critical in the fight against climate change.

To transport 62,000 tonnes of cargo, it takes:
1 30-metre long vessel
564 railcars
2,340 trucks




The port that planted trees

The Port of Montreal is taking action. Starting this spring, it will plant about 150 trees per year, the number necessary to offset part of its greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative kicked off this year with the planting of 15 trees at the Boucherville islands as part of a university research project. “Due to the nature of activities directly related to the Montreal Port Authority, we’re a very small player in the emission of GHGs,” said Claude Deschambault, the port’s environment director, “but fwe attach great importance to environmental issues and that’s why we have implemented our compensation system.”

The non-profit organization Jacques-Cartier ZIP (priority intervention zone) is an agent for planting trees. This ZIP’s territory covers the banks of the St. Lawrence River located between Victoria Bridge and where Rivière des Prairies flows into the St. Lawrence east of Viau Bridge. Its mission is to promote and support actions for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation of disturbed areas and accessibility to shorelines in a vision of sustainable development.