Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) has partnered with Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) and Desgagnés to launch a feeder service between Hamilton and Montreal.
Docking at Hamilton’s Pier 14, the M/V Sedna Desgagnés will carry 350 TEU and is due to make the new service’s first voyage 10 June.
This shipment is the first of what is expected to be an increasingly frequent service for container movements on the Great Lakes.
The containers, carrying a diverse range of cargo, will be transloaded in Montreal to other vessels destined for various overseas ports.
June’s sailing is expected to be followed by a second Hamilton-Montreal voyage in July, building up to 20+ sailings in 2022.
HCT President Amandeep Kaloti commented, “We have been creating the business ecosystem to bring this service to life.
“We have invested in infrastructure and established the right partnerships for it to succeed.”
HCT was established at the Port of Hamilton in 2015.
HOPA Ports’ President and CEO Ian Hamilton added, “Highway congestion, greenhouse gas reduction targets, driver shortages – all of these factors are combining, so marine is making more sense for short journeys than ever before.
“We know there is a demand in the market for more sustainable, efficient and competitive options for container movements, and we are proud to help HCT launch this forward-looking solution.”
HCT is currently accepting additional bookings from Hamilton to Montreal to India and far east destination ports for the service’s inaugural sailing.