Container terminal project at Contrecoeur : The environmental impact study conducted by the MPA is released
An important milestone in the progress of the major container terminal project at Contrecoeur was crossed on January 18, 2018 when the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) released the environmental impact study conducted par the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). This step shows that our study was found to fully comply with the guidelines issued by the Agency.
Now that this extensive study has been made public, it will be subject to public consultations organized by the CEAA, to be held until March 9, 2018. All interested parties can consult the CEAA website : Public Notice
For several years, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has been planning to develop a container terminal at Contrecoeur on territory it acquired between 1988 and 1992, 468 hectares including 4 km of shoreline and a terminal that has been operating since the 1950s.
This strategic expansion will support the growth in volume of containerized goods handled at the Port of Montreal. The Contrecoeur terminal will pick up the slack when the container terminals on the Island of Montreal reach their full handling capacity.
Once completed, the Contrecoeur terminal will have a capacity of 1.15 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
After submitting a description of its Contrecœur expansion project to the CEAA in December 2015, the MPA completed several sector studies, rounding out its environmental impact study, which was submitted to the Agency in September 2017. Furthermore, as part of this process, it consulted with many stakeholders affected by the project. Among other things, it held thematic workshops with various stakeholders in March 2017 and two days of open houses at Contrecœur and Verchères in May 2017.
A promising 2018 cruise season
The 2018 cruise season looks promising at the Port of Montreal. Cruise lines kick off the new year by publishing their trip deals and tour routes for the year ahead, and Montreal is sure to be more popular than ever.
With 15 more stopovers than in 2017, more than 130,000 cruise passengers and crew members will be visiting Montreal between May and November 2018. That’s a 13.5% upswing over 2017, when the Port of Montreal welcomed 114,517 cruise passengers and crew members, and that was already a 33% leap over the previous year.
In addition, three cruise ships will enter Port of Montreal waters for the first time: the Victory II, the Star Pride and the AIDAvita.
In another new development, two cruise lines will offer a round trip from and back to Montreal: the German line AIDA Cruises, aboard the AIDAvita this summer, and the American Seabourn Cruises Line, whose Seabourn Quest will offer a fall cruise to take in our fall forest colours.
To learn more, check out the 2018 cruise vessels schedule on our website