September 10, 2018
In brief

NAMEPA recognizes the Port of Montreal for its sustainable development initiatives

The Port of Montreal is very proud to receive the prestigious Marine Environment Protection Award for 2018 in the Port category from the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The award will be presented at the Awards Dinner on October 25 aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York.

NAMEPA awards are presented annually to companies, government agencies, institutions and individuals who contribute to “saving our seas,” as per the association’s mission, by getting actively involved in conserving the marine ecosystem and in implementing environmentally friendly practices. 

“The concept of sustainable development has been anchored in the Port of Montreal’s DNA for a great many years. These principles guide and colour our thinking and actions in every area of our activities, port operations and development projects alike. We are very proud that NAMEPA recognizes our efforts along these lines!” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.   

The Port of Montreal was recognized for its recent sustainable development initiatives, notably for certain promising projects:

  • The Trucking PORTal: a new web and mobile application designed to streamline truck traffic on Port terminals, reduce wait times and in turn, help reduce GHG emissions. Learn more here.  
  • Shore power: an electrical power supply system at the Cruise Terminal at the Grand Quay and power supply stations for vessels that winter at the Port, to provide them with cleaner energy during their stay. Learn more here.    
  • A liquefied natural gas solution: an LNG supply system for marine fuel available to Quebec shipowners, enabling the use of cleaner fuel. Learn more here.

To read the NAMEPA press release, click here.

In brIef

Port in the City Day 2018 a great success

On Saturday, September 8, the Port of Montreal’s traditional Port in the City Day drew a large crowd. Altogether 2,210 people headed to the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay to take one of the five free cruises scheduled for the occasion.   

Launched in 2008, Port in the City Day is an initiative to familiarize citizens with the Port of Montreal’s activities. During the cruise, Port executives are the tour guides, explaining how the facilities seen dockside operate and shedding light on the considerable impact all these port operations have on the economy of Montreal and the province of Quebec. 

The general public is invited, and special care is taken to invite the Port’s neighbours and residents in districts bordering Port facilities. Over 16,000 postcard invitations were sent to residents in these districts. In addition to free cruises, family activities (children’s make-up, games and workshops related to the marine industry) were offered all day long at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay.


The 2018 cruise season is in full swing at the Port of Montreal

Again this year, the Montreal Port Authority is delighted to start peak cruise season on a more than promising note. In point of fact, between September 1 and November 2, 42 international cruise ships are expected at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay or at Terminal 3, located at the corner of Notre-Dame and Pie-IX streets. Over the full season, close to 128,000 cruise passengers and crew members will have visited the city, 12% more than last year.   

“The 2018 cruise season is enjoying excellent success. In particular, it stands out for its diversification. Between international and domestic cruises and its place in the Great Lakes offering, Montreal is now a must-visit stop on the cruise-tour circuit, whether as a destination, a stopover or a starting point for round-trip travel,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

The cruise market is proving yet again that it is booming and that it keeps attracting a diverse clientele. The cruise season on the St. Lawrence to Montreal runs from May to October, with a peak period when the leaves change colour in the fall. More than ever, Montreal is becoming an international gateway for cruise lines and travellers.

To read Tourism Montreal’s press release on this subject, click here.