May 23, 2019
In brief

Cooperation agreement between the MPA and the Port of Antwerp renewed for 10 years

The port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp are pleased to announce that they have renewed their cooperation agreement. The official announcement was made at the MPA's annual reception for clients held yesterday at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay.

The Port of Montreal and the Port of Antwerp have been in a close partnership for six years now. In fact, the first cooperation agreement was signed in 2013 for three years and was renewed in 2016.

In light of the many projects jointly conducted by both ports in several fields, the two authorities decided to extend the new agreement for another 10 years. This builds on four areas of cooperation:

  • Inter-port governance
  • Trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable development and energy transition

"Our two ports share the same vision, the same priorities and the same interests. It’s a natural partnership that will definitely be beneficial and rewarding on both sides of the Atlantic," said Sylvie Vachon.

"This long-term commitment shows how much the Port of Antwerp values its cooperation with the Port of Montreal," said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp.

As the gateway of choice for European markets and a major transshipment port, the Port of Antwerp is the Port of Montreal's largest trading partner. In total, 15% of our containerized tonnages at the Port of Montreal come from or go to the Port of Antwerp.


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Port in the City Day reinvented

A new take on the traditional Port in the City Day! Offered annually to the Port's neighbours to showcase Port facilities, this year the discovery day event features a new format.

Starting May 30, the Port of Montreal will be on the road with its container full of information and surprises, stopping at various events in the neighbourhoods near its operations to meet residents and present its activities.

There will be educational displays, games and surprises, with an added bonus. Visitors can take a guided tour of the terminals by bus and enter a contest to win an AML cruise.

Make it a date with the Port of Montreal:

  • May 30 to June 2: Branle-Bas d'Hochelaga (Ontario Street East between Darling and Pie-IX)

Port tours by bus: June 1 and 2, three daily departures

  • June 7 and July 5: First Fridays (Esplanade of the Olympic Park)

Port tours by bus: June 7 and July 5, three departures a day

  • August 10: Diableries de Contrecœur (4865 Legendre Street, Contrecœur)
  • August 29 to September 1: Back to School sidewalk sale (Hochelaga Street between Darling and Pie-IX)
  • Date to be determined: Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal (200 de la Commune Street West)

For more information visit our Facebook page or our web page.


2019 cruise season off to a great start at the Port of Montreal!

On Saturday, May 18, the Port of Montreal welcomed the first cruise ship of the 2019 season, the Zaandam, heralding the launch of a new year of thriving operations.

No fewer than 113,000 cruise passengers and crew members are expected in Montreal in 2019. The Port of Montreal will welcome four new vessels: the Zaandam (Holland-America Line), the Riviera (Oceania Cruises), the Viking Sun (Viking Ocean Cruises) and the Ocean Dream (Maritime Holding Group).

The MPA is particularly pleased with the growing success of St. Lawrence and Great Lakes cruises, and the boom in this tourism sector that is bringing major economic benefits to Montreal.

"The undeniable success of cruises in Montreal is the direct result of sustained collaborative efforts. The 2019 season looks very good, especially with the arrival of four new ships in Montreal and a growing interest in cruises to the Great Lakes. In addition, this year we will fully complete Terminal 2 at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, a unique urban space in the city that is now open to the public," said Sylvie Vachon, CEO of the APM

Check out the 2019 cruise season schedule here.

Download the press release (pdf) here.