September 15th, 2016


The Port of Montreal a partner in the Contrecoeur-Varennes industrial port zone

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) took part in the signing of the collaboration agreement to implement the Contrecoeur-Varennes industrial port zone. The event organized by the government of Quebec took place this morning, September 15, at Contrecoeur. Signatories in addition to the Quebec government and the MPA are the cities of Contrecoeur and Varennes, Marguerite-D’Youville Regional County Municipality and the Montreal Metropolitan Community.

Under this agreement, the government will fund up to 70% of costs associated with implementing the related development plan, to a maximum of $125,000.

MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon spoke at the ceremony: “A port is a magnet that attracts companies and services with added value. We can say so because that’s exactly what we have experienced here and in Montreal since the Port was created!

“For over 30 years, the Port of Montreal has seen Contrecoeur as a prime location for future growth in container traffic. We began the planning and development of a terminal that could handle 1.15 million TEUs. A development plan like this featuring an industrial port zone can only improve the value of our container market development project and strengthen the presence of dry bulk operations.

“Furthermore, the development of industrial port zones, like the one announced this morning, dovetails with our business strategy, called Port+, which aims to pool efforts toward common issues and opportunities, and to provide value-added services close to port facilities.

“The future is promising in Contrecœur and Varennes!”

Read the Quebec government’s press release  (in French only)

Photo: Sylvie Vachon, MPA President and CEO, Stéphane Bergeron, Member for Verchères, Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, Minister responsable for the Montérégie region, and Jean D'Amour, Minister for Maritimes Affairs, Suzanne Dansereau, Mayor of Contrecoeur and Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes.



Site of the future Viau terminal progressing well

Once completed, the future Viau terminal located at the junction of Pie IX Blvd. and Viau Street, the river and Notre-Dame Street, will be able to hold 600,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), bringing the Port’s total handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs.

The terminal will feature a pier that is 300 metres long, the length needed to receive post-Panamax container ships that can carry 6,000 TEUs. Two cranes will be used to load and unload these ships. Larger than all other port cranes, they have already arrived on the site, where they are waiting to be installed.

Read the article on the Viau construction site that appeared in Logbook