May 8,2017


Record cruise season in sight at the Port of Montreal

The 2017 cruise season got underway on Saturday with the arrival of the Holland America Line cruise ship, the MS Veendam, with a passenger capacity of 1,266.

Even though the new cruise terminal on Alexandra Pier is currently operational and all set to welcome its first cruise ship, the operations took place east of Jacques-Cartier Bridge because the St. Lawrence River’s water level was so high that there was not enough draft for the cruise ship to safely pass under the bridge.

Over the course of the season that will run until October 27, the Port of Montreal will welcome 110,000 passengers and crew members, up more than 25% over the last cruise season.

“The impressive growth in Montreal’s cruise business is holding strong with another record year on the horizon, a sign that Montreal is attracting more and more attention from cruise lines. We are confident that with our new world-class facilities, this sector promises a bright future,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port.

To learn more, read the press release.



A fully digital annual report for the MPA

At its annual meeting held on May 5, the MPA unveiled its first ever fully digital annual report, under the theme “Broadening our Horizons.”

Colourful, user-friendly and structured to facilitate reading the Port of Montreal’s 2016 highlights, this annual report is an attractive complement to the MPA’s efforts to always do more in terms of sustainable development.

In a few clicks, readers will learn more about the projects, achievements and port traffic of this economic engine that is the Port of Montreal.

Check out the new annual report here.


A public work of art at the new cruise terminal on Alexandra Pier

On May 5, the City of Montreal launched a competition for the acquisition of a public work of art that will be part of the land-use concept and infrastructures of the Port of Montreal’s new cruise terminal on Alexandra Pier.

This competition, organized by the City’s Bureau d’art public, is open to professional artists in Quebec. The commission consists of designing a monumental sculptural work that pays tribute to three pioneers: Jeanne Mance, Marguerite Bourgeoys and Marguerite d'Youville.

The work will be installed on the esplanade, a vast grassy public square covering about 3,500 square metres at the end of Alexandra Pier.

“Alexandra Pier is a historic site of prime significance for Montreal, as it was on its docks that a large number of immigrants landed at the start of the 20th century,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA, adding: “This work of art will become the jewel in the crown of this huge new public space at the end of Alexandra Pier, that will be named, quite rightly "Place des commencements,” where our past and present history converge.”

The works carried out by the MPA to rehabilitate Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal, including the land-use planning of this large public square, are well underway. The new terminal is currently operational and ready to welcome its first cruise ship. Work will need to be done on the site as a whole during the summer but will have no impact on marine operations, as the workers strive to complete the finishing touches and landscaping of all the spaces located on Alexandra Pier.

To find out more about this public art competition, read the press release here.