March 2, 2018
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Contrecoeur container terminal : federal public hearings

Results of the environmental impact study for the Contrecœur container terminal presented during federal public hearings.

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) team took part in the public hearings held February 27 to March 1 by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to present the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the MPA’s Contrecœur container terminal.

An open house and two moderated public sessions organized by the CEAA allowed MPA stakeholders to interact with citizens and various interest groups, answer their questions and listen to their concerns. The CEAA will continue its consultation by soliciting written comments until March 9. For more information about this process, visit the Agency.

Among the themes addressed during these hearings, attended by a few hundred people, were road and rail traffic, the economic benefits, fish habitat, special-status species, impact on wildlife and plants, shipping operations, noise, the visual environment and air quality.

This exercise led by the CEAA echoes the broad consultation and cooperation process launched in 2014 that enabled the MPA to meet hundreds of citizens and stakeholders. These exchanges were especially helpful in providing information for the environmental impact study and improving the project.

Keep in mind that this new container terminal is a strategic addition to the Port that will support the expanding container market for Quebec and Eastern Canada. The Contrecœur terminal will make it possible to meet the growth in volume of containerized cargo handled at the Port of Montreal in the future. Once completed, it will have the capacity to handle 1.15 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).


In brief


The Port active at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference

From February 25 to 28, the Port of Montreal participated in the important annual gathering of major retailers with supply chains.

The event was held in Phoenix, Arizona and brought together hundreds of representatives from large shipping lines and railways, freight forwarders and North America’s top ports. It included industry giants and such retail chains as Costco, Walmart, Winners, Canadian Tire, Home Depot and Lululemon.

At the Port of Montreal booth, Rosetta Iacono, Director, Growth and Development, Container and Donald Finnerty, representative of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) in the United States, increased their contacts with partners, clients and prospective clients. The Port of Montreal’s presence at this international meeting is part of its growth strategy and its commitment to continually extend awareness of the Port of Montreal’s advantages to the Eastern Canada and US Midwest markets: its location makes it the shortest route between Europe and North America while its intermodal model ensures speed and great fluidity in freight movement. 

Historically, the Midwest has been one of the largest markets for the Port of Montreal. It is part of the pool of 110 million consumers to which the Port of Montreal provides quick access.

In the photo: Donald Finnerty (in the middle), the Montreal Port Authority’s representative to the United States, greets prospective clients at the Port’s booth