Port of Montreal welcomes largest ever ship on St Lawrence River


The Port of Montreal has welcomed the largest container ship to ever sail the St Lawrence River, the 6,730 TEU MSC Melissa.

In a statement, the Port said it has continued to distinguish itself by offering shipping companies facilities that efficiently meet market demand for Quebec, Ontario the American Midwest.

With some of the most competitive dwell times on the North American East Coast, no congestion, and geographic proximity to about 110 million consumers, Montreal’s facilities are ideally suited to client needs and the dynamics of the container market.

The positive effects of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on cargo traffic, the sustained internationalization of markets, and regional and national economic vitality are among the factors that account for the Port of Montreal’s attractiveness, it said.

Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Montreal, explained, “We are proud to welcome the MSC Melissa.

“This ship’s arrival proves the agility of the Port of Montreal and its partners, and shows how interested international shipping companies are in Montreal’s facilities.

“The ability to accommodate Post-Panamax class vessels offers great potential as we prepare our expansion project in Contrecoeur.” 

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