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Project overview

To meet the constant growth in container traffic, developing a new terminal in the Viau sector makes it possible to increase the Port of Montreal’s container handling capacity by 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

  • Installation of two gantry cranes, the tallest at the Port of Montreal (95.5 metres each corresponding to half the height of Place Ville-Marie)
  • Development of two berths (330 metres)
  • Intermodal zone and truck access routes
  • Multiservice building including garage space, administrative offices and a room for longshore workers
  • Redevelopment of railway services
  • Redevelopment of road access

Social and economic impact


2,500 direct and indirect jobs

Capacity of 600,000 containers

$ 340 million a year

Project timeline

2013 to 2014

Preparation phase: the MPA undertook project works and set up a container terminal on its property in the Viau sector, making it possible to handle 150,000 TEUs.

January 2015

Announcement that a container terminal project was in development in the Viau sector

Spring 2015

Environmental impact studies conducted by the MPA and the terminal operator, Termont Montreal Inc.

Meetings held with various stakeholders (business partners, municipal authorities, local community groups and interest groups)

Open houses held with local residents, making it possible to answer questions and to learn what concerned the community about the project so as to develop any necessary mitigation measures whenever possible during the works

Adopted measures included painting gantry cranes grey instead of red to blend better into the landscap

June 2015

Start of first phase of development

November 18, 2016

Official launch of the first phase of project works for a container terminal in the Viau sector attended by the project’s financial partners, including Infrastructure Canada and Termont

May 2017

Installation of broadband (white noise) backup alarms on various equipment to reduce noise in the sector, a mitigation measure confirmed by neighbouring residents to have resulted in significant noise reduction

March 2019

Announcement of second phase of project works

The MPA and the terminal operator Logistec announce that Viau Terminal will undergo a new phase of construction to increase its handling capacity, making it possible to add 250,000 TEUs

September 2019

Start of the second phase of construction

  • Installing piles
  • Railway works
  • Dynamic soil compaction
  • Underground infrastructure works
  • Laying foundation
  • Paving

In accordance with the commitment made by the MPA and Termont Montreal Inc. during public consultations on the project held in 2015, throughout the works mitigation measures will be implemented to minimize disruptions to neighbouring communities, such as dust suppressants applied to prevent or reduce the spread of dust and high-performance mufflers on all motorized equipment.

December 2020

Completion of project works of the second phase.
On December 3, the MSC Sao Paulo is the first ship to be unloaded at the Viau 2 terminal.