Port of Montreal

2018 Annual Report

2018 Highlights

Port of Montreal traffic

Liquid Bulk
16.4 MT
Dry Bulk
8.1 MT
Containerized Cargo
1.7 M TEUs

39 million tonnes of cargo
were handled at the Port of Montreal in 2018

Summary of financial results

Port of Montreal traffic

(in thousands of tonnes)
Type of cargo 2018 2017 Variation
General cargo
Containerized 14,537 13,819 5.2%
Non-containerized 185 230 -19.1%
Total 14,723 14,049 4.8%
Liquid bulk
Petroleum products 15,985 14,197 12.6%
Other 390 464 -16%
Total 16,375 14,661 11.7%
Dry bulk
Grains 2,025 4,563 -55%
Other 5,802 4,769 21.7%
Total 7,827 9,332 -16.1%
Total tonnage 38,925 38,042 2.3%

A fifth consecutive record year

The only container port on the St. Lawrence River and the second largest port in Canada, it connects a pool of 110 million consumers, from Eastern Canada to the U.S. Midwest, to more than 140 countries around the world. 

Benefits and traffic

With a total volume of 39 million tonnes of cargo handled and a fifth consecutive year of traffic growth, the Port of Montreal’s attractiveness and pivotal role in the regional and national economy are constantly being confirmed.  

Economic Driver

Development projects

The year 2018 was marked by several major advances in the construction of Contrecœur Terminal. This flagship project of the MPA will ensure the Port’s capacity to receive and handle an ever-increasing number of containers from around the world while maintaining optimal competitiveness.

Contrecœur Terminal


Attesting to the Port of Montreal’s international appeal, this year a sixth container shipping line was added to the offer serving Montreal markets.

Additional services

Sustainable development

Putting sustainable development at the core of its business strategy, the Port of Montreal is constantly striving to position itself among the most environmentally friendly ports in the world.


Chair and CEO Message

A fifth consecutive record year in tonnes of cargo handled, a record number of containers transiting our docks and a new record number of cruise passengers at the Port of Montreal in 2018… The Port of Montreal has the wind in its sails and its activities are right on course. Benefiting as much from new tourism trends as global economic agreements that are contributing to the vitality of international trade.

Economic impact
at a glance
  • 19,000
    direct, indirect and induced jobs
  • $2.6 billion
    in economic benefits
  • 1.7 million
    containers handled

Year in brief

    • Gold-Headed Cane

      By crossing the downstream limits of the Port of Montreal on January 1 at 11:55 a.m., the Ottawa Express under the command of Captain Rakesh Kumar was the first ship to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2019. The Gold-Headed Cane was awarded to him on January 3 at an official ceremony. 

    • Smart Port Challenge

      The MPA awarded four teams of students from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) with the 2018 ÉTS Smart Port Challenge prizes. The teams shared grants totalling $10,000.

    • Cooperation Agreement with Adani Ports

      On a trade mission to India, the MPA signed a Cooperation Agreement with Adani Ports, a leading Indian port operator, to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices.

    • Contrecœur container terminal: federal public hearings

      From February 27 to March 1, federal public hearings were held on the Contrecœur terminal project. Several hundred people took part and 86 of the 92 submissions presented were in support of the project, reflecting a very positive response from the public and the business community. 

    • $18 million in financial support from the Government of Canada

      Under the National Trade Corridors Fund, the federal government announced $18 million in financial support to optimize the MPA’s intermodal network. 

    • Christening of the N/C Mia Desgagnés

      The MPA hosted the christening and inauguration of the N/C Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first duel-fuel powered polar class chemical oil tanker, all set to use the new LNG supply system introduced the previous summer on Port of Montreal territory.

    • Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA, received the Sun Life Financial Outstanding Woman in Leadership Award at the gala for the Les Mercuriades competition

      This Mercure recognizes the exceptional career of a businesswoman who has shown daring, impact and leadership throughout her career, while extending the reach of her business sector.

    • Maersk Line doubled its service connecting the Port of Montreal to Europe

      On July 2, Maersk Line expanded its presence in Canada and Europe with the launch of an exclusive transatlantic service, the Mediterranean-Montreal Express.

    • Installation of white noise alarms on the terminals

      To reduce the noise pollution caused by port operations, terminal operators Termont and MGTP installed white noise alarms on equipment at the Viau and Racine terminals. 

    • Opening of the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal

      A total of 13,000 people attended the family fun celebration to publicly inaugurate this new attraction in the Montreal urban landscape.

    • New container shipping line for the Port of Montreal

      German group Hamburg Süd became the sixth international shipping line serving Port of Montreal clients on a weekly basis. The new service connects Montreal to five Mediterranean ports in Spain, France and Italy.

    • Logistics financing partnership between the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Port of Montreal

      Companies with a project in Greater Montreal related to the Port’s supply chain can now draw on a $100 million envelope for its development. 

    • Ryan Dermody named Vice-President, Contrecœur

      To accelerate the development of its container terminal project at Contrecœur, the MPA created a new vice-presidency spearheaded by Ryan Dermody, whose career has spanned finance, infrastructure development, politics, diplomacy and the military and port sectors.

    • Port in the City

      The traditional Port in the City Day took place at the Grand Quay and offered free cruises and activities throughout the day. No fewer than 2,120 people made the most of the event to take a free cruise on one of five cruise ships to discover the Port of Montreal’s facilities.

    • North America’s first innovation accelerator in port logistics

      Inaugurated on September 5, the new unit dedicated to innovation in the port environment is located in Centech’s new premises.

    • IBM and Maersk TradeLens Project

      The secure interface dedicated to freight transport enables better control of schedules and access to documents while leading international shipping to greater fluidity, efficiency and transparency. 

    • First chainPORT hackathon

      A three-day creative marathon focused on innovation for port logistics. 

    • Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA, honoured with a Femmes d’affaires du Québec award

      At the 18th annual awards gala for Quebec businesswomen, Sylvie Vachon was honoured in the Executive, Officer or Professional, Public or Para-Public Organization category.

    • Cooperation Agreement between the port authorities of Montreal and Trois-Rivières

      The two ports will work together on matters related to marine operations, environmental management, port logistics and port/city relations. 

    • A hundred trees planted along Port facilities

      The MPA joined the Greening Leaders Committee of Montreal in June and committed to plant 2,000 trees in five years.