two major projects to improve port of montreal  access

Montreal, May 10, 2013 – Two major projects to improve truck access at the Port of Montreal will see the light of day in the coming years. The announcement was made on Friday by Mr. Sylvain Gaudreault, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy.

Extension of L’Assomption Blvd.
The minister announced the signature of a collaborative framework with the City of Montreal for the extension of L’Assomption Blvd. This new transportation route will be linked to Souligny Ave., thereby allowing trucks assigned to the Port of Montreal to directly access the highway network. A new port exit will be built to join this new stretch of road. “This is another important step in the search for a permanent solution for truck traffic in this sector of the city,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. The Montreal Port Authority will work in conjunction with the QTM and the City of Montreal to determine the route of the extension of L’Assomption Blvd. and how it links with port facilities

Redevelopment of Highway 25 ramps
The construction of a Highway 25 exit ramp leading south will allow trucks to directly reach the new common entry truck portal located on port territory at the corner of Notre-Dame and de Boucherville streets. Meanwhile, the reconfiguration of the entrance ramp leading north on Highway 25 will provide trucks leaving the port at the Hyppolyte-Lafontaine tunnel with direct access to the highway network.

This redevelopment is part of the work planned by the Quebec Transport Ministry for the Hyppolyte-Lafontaine tunnel and should start in 2015.

Improving truck flow around the port
These two projects will complete efforts undertaken by the Montreal Port Authority in recent years to improve traffic flow for the approximately 1,500 trucks that travel daily in this sector of the port.  

“The fluidity of goods transportation is a crucial element of the supply chain,” Ms. Vachon said. “These two projects will allow the Port of Montreal, the trucking industry and all port partners and clients to further improve operational efficiency and make the Montreal supply chain even more effective.”


port of montreal wins international award

The Port of Montreal has won the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ (IAPH) bronze 2013 Port Communications Award. The prize recognizes a project that provides free Wi-Fi on Port of Montreal territory to seafarers whose ships are docked in port. The service allows mariners to connect more easily with family and friends back home,

The IAPH has presented its biennial awards at its 28th World Ports Conference held in Los Angeles from May 6 to 10. Gaétan Vigneault, the port’s director of information technology, accepted the award on behalf of the Montreal Port Authority and the team that implemented the project.

“Our secure and multifunctional Wi-Fi system covers the entire Port of Montreal territory,” Mr. Vigneault said. “Teamwork was behind its successful implementation, which required a multitude of technologies for infrastructure, Internet connectivity and communications itself, and security, log-in and firewall software.”

The Port of Montreal provides seafarers with a log-in identification and password so that they can connect to the Internet anywhere on port territory, from Cité du Havre to Contrecoeur.

The free Wi-Fi service allows seafarers to connect with their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, via email, Skype and social media without having to leave their ship.

The ports of Hamburg (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden) won the gold and silver 2013 IAPH Port Communications Awards, respectively.

Mrs. Geraldine Knatz, president of IAPH, presents the Bronze prize awarded to the Port of Montreal to Mr. Gaétan Vigneault.