Montreal opens up to post-Panamax vessels

  • Canadian Coast Guard authorises transit of larger vessels in Quebec-Montreal section of St. Lawrence channel

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has expressed its delight with the decision by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) to authorise the passage of vessel measuring up to 44 metres wide in the Quebec – Montreal section of the St. Lawrence navigation channel.

The new provisions will make it possible for all post-Panamax vessels, including 6,000 TEU container ships, to reach Montreal. The previous authorised width was 32.1 metres without restrictions.

The CCG has made the provisions following a study commissioned by the MPA in conjunction with Transport Canada, the CCG, the Laurentian Pilotage Authority and the Corporation of Central St. Lawrence Pilots.

“I would like to thank everyone who has collaborated on this project,” said MPA president and CEO Sylvie Vachon.

“This initiative will allow the Port of Montreal to strengthen its position as North America’s leading port for container traffic with Europe, and it will reinforce Montreal’s strategic position as a logistics and transportation hub of choice for all types of cargo.”

“Shipping lines, no matter what type of cargo they carry, will be able to substantially increase capacity on their services to Montreal, which will inevitably lead to benefits for the port’s broad customer base,” Ms. Vachon said.

The Port of Montreal handled 1,375,327 TEUs in 2012, representing 12,032,966 tonnes of cargo.

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