The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has welcomed the new CMA CGM Montreal and other eco-friendly vessels to provide extra capacity between Canada and North Europe.
With a length of 200 metres and a capacity of 2,500 TEU, the vessel will link the Port of Montreal to the markets of Northern Europe to help with the increase in consumer demand.
The MPA has also welcomed the arrival of several new vessels with an increased capacity and better fuel efficiency.
The Vistula Maersk and the Vayenga Maersk are designed specifically to operate in icy water conditions. The vessels will utilise biofuel manufactured from recycled sustainable biomass.
According to the MPA, the other arrival – the MV Nukumi – is built with design innovations that will help reduce the vessel’s overall environmental footprint and are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 25 per cent and 80 per cent respectively.
“The maritime industry has a key role to play in the energy transition and the Port of Montreal is pleased to welcome new generations of more carbon-efficient ships,” said Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MPA.
“Providing optimal infrastructure for tomorrow’s ships will always be at the heart of our priorities”.
To mark the occasion, a plaque was presented to the ship’s master Capt. Arcenal Plaza Alnes upon his arrival at Cast Terminal.
Driven by the changing consumer habits in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the port saw a 7.5 per cent year-on-year rise in container volumes.