At the core of a rapidly evolving marine industry, the Port of Montreal is more than ever forward-looking. We are always on the lookout for innovative solutions to meet logistics challenges, protect the environment and gain efficiency in all our activities.
Partnership with Centech: Collision Lab
In 2018, the Port of Montreal partnered with Centech to create North America’s first port innovation accelerator. Four innovation themes guide the unit’s work: supply chain visibility and freight mobility, cybersecurity, process improvement and agility, and supply chain decarbonization.
The Port of Montreal in augmented reality
An augmented reality program is behind the partnership with PreVu3D and ARA Robotics to model three-dimensional port locations and facilities. Such a tool makes it possible to improve infrastructure planning, optimize space and even tour the Port’s facilities in virtual reality.
Detect defective containers
Combining artificial intelligence and visual technology, Canscan launched a solution which can remotely and automatically detect defective containers.
Innovating to welcome cruises
Start-up Funartech is using computer vision, machine learning, and operational research to design a tool, starting in 2021, to predict taxi needs when cruise passengers disembark at the Grand Quay. This initiative will make it possible to better manage passenger flows, improve processes and reduce the environmental footprint of port activities.
Led by the Port of Antwerp, this ambitious project was established to design and launch large-scale projects to improve the global supply chain’s efficiency, fluidity and performance. As part of the partnership agreement between the Port of Montreal and the Port of Antwerp, the project will also make it possible to create a cyber-secured trade corridor between the ports of Montreal and Antwerp.
A secure interface exclusively dedicated to freight transport
TradeLens enables better control of delivery and operation schedules, provides easier access to various clearance and billing documents, and brings greater fluidity, efficiency and transparency to international shipping.
Member of chainPORT since March 2017
Founded by the Port of Hamburg, the chainPORT group makes it possible for members to exchange information and develop innovative, forward-looking solutions.
Rethinking port logistics
AI in times of health crisis
In partnership with Scale AI, the Port of Montreal is using artificial intelligence to streamline the supply chain. Two key projects have been implemented: a system to quickly identify goods deemed "critical" by government authorities and a tool for planning freight trains based on variables such as ship arrivals, storage capacity and workforce availability. Learn more:
The Trucking PORTal application: A GHG reduction project
The Trucking PORTal reports on truck traffic and wait times at container terminals in real time. A data capture system makes it possible to measure truck trips from entering to leaving the Port, and to relay this information to drivers and dispatchers. This app helps optimize logistics activities and saves valuable time for companies and carriers.
Innovation in the service of sustainable development
The Port of Montreal promotes green navigation through its innovative initiatives. Recently, it introduced shore power for cruise ships and wintering vessels (reducing GHG emissions by about 2,800 tonnes per year), and put in place a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply solution to refuel ships with a less polluting fuel.
Thanks to its vision for the future, the MPA ranks at the top of the 2019 Green Marine Performance Report.
Montreal intermodal Performance Measures (MIPM): decision-support and real-time monitoring tools
In collaboration with key partners, the Montreal Port Authority is leading a comprehensive program to monitor overall port performance. The measures report on vessel, terminal, rail and truck operations.
In the service of safety, efficiency and the environment
Since 2008, the Port of Montreal has been implementing an electronic navigation system that improves efficiency and safety, while contributing to the protection of the marine environment. For example, the DUKC® (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system implemented in 2013 on the St. Lawrence River aims to optimize the use of the water column to ensure the safe passage of each vessel.
Smart Port challenge
Innovation applied to port operations
Established in 2016, this partnership between the MPA and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), consists of launching a challenge each year to the students in the ÉTS operations and logistics engineering program to propose solutions to an actual innovation problem in port operations.