June 4, 2018
In brief

The Promenade d'Iberville 

Public opening of the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay: A big family party made it a grand success!

Under sunny skies, the people of Greater Montreal came in large numbers to take part in the public opening of the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, which took the form of a big family party.

That let the 13 000 participants make the most of the new facilities at this magnificent site offering public spaces unique to Montreal, while discovering the modern efficient infrastructures used to welcome cruise ships and the many cruise passengers who visit the city.   

During this big family party, participants were able to enjoy a wide range of activities: nautical knots workshop, giant games, exhibitions, improv games, colouring and makeup activities, etc.

The Port of Montreal was also very satisfied with the event. MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon said: “There was no better way to celebrate the start of the summer season and this new step in completing our major project than opening the site to the general public. We hope that the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay will become an important gathering place for all Montrealers, at the confluence of the river and the city. Bringing citizens closer to the river was a priority for us and we can now say: mission accomplished!”

In addition to all the activities, the MPA took the opportunity to offer participants in the event a chance to win prizes by entering a contest for a week-long cruise between Montreal and the Magdalen Islands, and family cruises on the river.

Keep in mind that the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay offers unique rental spaces for events of all kinds. An observation tower will also be built near the river in the next few years and will open in 2021.

For more information on the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, click here.  

Record season for cruises in 2018

With 15 more stopovers than in 2017, more than 130,000 passengers and crew members will visit Montreal between May and November 2018, up 13.5% over 2017. That year, the Port of Montreal received 114,517 cruise passengers and crew members, which was already a 33% increase over the previous year.



In brIef

David Bolduc, Executive Director of Green Marine
and Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Port of Montreal

The MPA at the top of Green Marine’s performance report

Green Marine’s latest performance report shows the Port of Montreal ranked the highest for environmental excellence among the 38 port authorities participating in the program. The results were unveiled at the 11th annual green technology and innovation conference GreenTech 2018, held in Vancouver on May 30 and June 1. The MPA achieved 5/5 in the indicators for greenhouse gas performance and air pollutants, spill prevention, community impacts and environmental leadership, and achieved 4/5 for its waste management. 

This ranking is the result of relentless teamwork involving all MPA departments and numerous partners. It shows what importance the Port of Montreal places on the environment in its business processes and the solid actions it takes to combine operational efficiency with reducing environmental impacts. Recently, the Port of Montreal distinguished itself with two flagship projects: shore power for ships and setting up a liquefied natural gas supply system to refuel ships with less polluting fuel.    

View the results of the 2017 Green Marine report here.



Robert Beaudry, City councillor for Saint-Jacques district 

Propulser Montréal: the MPA hails the City of Montreal’s action plan

The MPA welcomes the announcement of the action plan for international economic affairs, Propulser Montréal, made on May 30 by the City of Montreal at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay. As a result of the economic development strategy, this four-year $4.3 million plan aims to promote Montreal’s attractiveness internationally and position local companies at the hub of global export chains. 

As a key link in market internationalization and an open gate to the world for Montreal companies, the Port of Montreal is very pleased to see the city adopt such a promising plan for the city’s outreach. The Port is proud to contribute to the dynamism and competitiveness of local companies in the global market and fully supports this effort to help Montreal improve its economic performance internationally. 

Check out the Propulser Montréal action plan here (French only).