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2016 Annual Report

Highlights

Impact économique pour front

Traffic

In 2016, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) set a record for a third consecutive year when 35.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Montreal, an increase of 10.4% over the previous year.

The most significant growth in terms of volume was in the liquid bulk and grain sectors. The port handled 13.7 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo and 4.7 million tonnes of grain in 2016, up 37.4% and 19.3%, respectively, over 2015. For its part, traffic in the container sector remained stable.

Economic importance

Of the Port of Montreal

16,000

direct, indirect and induced jobs

emplois

$2.1 billion

in added value to the Canadian economy

dollars

Viau Terminal

$340 million

per year in spinoffs

2,500 jobs

direct, indirect and induced

Containerized Cargo

At the Port of Montreal

13.1 million tonnes

1,447,566 TEUs

(20-foot equivalent unit containers)

navire

2016

The largest container port in Eastern Canada.

Containerized cargo Port of Montreal
container

1/4

One marine container in four handled in Canada moves through the Port of Montreal

Liquid Bulk

13.7 million tonnes

Dry bulk

8.4 million tonnes

Cruises

85,808

passengers and crewmembers

Cruises Port of Montreal

Port of Montreal traffic (in thousands of tonnes)

Type of Cargo 2016 2015 VARIATION
       
General Cargo      
Containerized 13,063 13,093 -0,2%
Non-containerized 178 225 -20.7%
Total 13,241 13,318 -0.6%
       
Liquid Bulk      
Petroleum Products 13,181 9,418 40.0%
Other 516 553 -6.7%
Total 13,697 9,971 37.4%
       
Dry Bulk      
Grains 4,657 3,905 19.3%
Other 3,762 4,835 -22.2%
Total 8,419 8,740 -3.7%
       
Total Tonnage 35,357 32,029 10.4%


Summary of financial results (in thousands of $)

  2016 2015
Revenue from operations 106,701 102,637
Expenses 84,079 83,303
Operating earnings before other items 22,622 19,334
Other items 900 22,948
Net earnings 23,522 42,282
    • December
      2015

      The vessel Espada Desgagnés arrives at Valero in the Port of Montreal. This is the official start of new traffic through the port linked to the Enbridge Line 9B reversal project. This traffic generated 4.9 million tonnes in volume and brought 118 additional ships in 2016.

    • January
      2016

      The Vigorous, registered in the Marshall Islands, crosses the Port of Montreal’s downstream limits at Sorel on January 1 at 5:21 a.m. and its captain wins the 2016 Gold-Headed Cane.

    • February
      2016

      The MPA and numerous port partners participate in the Cargo Logistics Canada conference held in Montreal.

    • March
      2016

      MPA President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvie Vachon receives the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly for her achievements in her role at the MPA.

    • March
      2016

      The MPA welcomes the announcement by the Government of Quebec for the development of industrial port zones.

    • March
      2016

      The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issues the final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the MPA for the Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project. 

    • April
      2016

      The ports of Montreal and Antwerp hold a joint trade mission in Montreal. The Port of Antwerp is a leading partner of the Port of Montreal. The two port authorities also renew their cooperative agreement.

    • April
      2016

      The Genoa Express, the first of four 3,800-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit container) post-Panamax ships chartered by Hapag-Lloyd for its Mediterranean Canada Service (MCA), arrives at Racine Terminal.

    • April
      2016

      The MPA welcomes the members of the Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IFGR) at a working session in which a St. Lawrence River case study is at the centre of discussions.

    • April
      2016

      The MPA, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal make a formal announcement for the project to restore Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal.

    • May
      2016

      The MPA inaugurates its alternative cruise terminal at Sections 34-37 with the arrival of the Holland America Line ship Veendam. The terminal will welcome the majority of cruise ships during the 2016 season while restoration work occurs at Alexandra Pier.

    • May
      2016

      Anik Trudel is elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the MPA. She replaces Michel Lessard, who retired after nine years of service, the maximum allowed under the Canada Marine Act. Mr. Lessard chaired the Board for seven of those years.

    • June
      2016

      Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) restructures its Canada Gulf Bridge Service, which serves Montreal, by adding the cities of Altamira and Veracruz, in order to better adapt to increasing exports of manufactured products from Mexico. This restructuring creates a direct maritime link between Montreal and Mexico.

    • July
      2016

      Within the Quebec Maritime Strategy, the MPA accompanies Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard for an official visit with executives from the Hapag-Lloyd shipping line and the Port of Hamburg in Germany.

    • September
      2016

      Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 and Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest cruise ships arrive in Montreal for the first time.

    • September
      2016

      The MPA hosts its annual Port in the City Day. Some 2,700 neighbours discover their port aboard a free one-hour cruise along the St. Lawrence River.

    • September
      2016

      Components such as lower crossbeams and pier caps for the construction of the new Champlain Bridge are unloaded at the Port of Montreal’s Bickerdike Terminal.

    • October
      2016

      The MPA launches its Trucking PORTal, a web portal that allows truck drivers and dispatchers to see wait times at terminals in real time. The project aims to improve goods mobility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on port territory.

    • October
      2016

      Viking Cruises’ Viking Star cruise ship arrives in Montreal for the first time.

    • November
      2016

      A new access ramp opens from Highway 25 South to facilitate truck access to Port of Montreal territory.

    • November
      2016

      Viau Terminal is officially inaugurated. At term, the new container facility, which is a collaborative effort among the MPA, the Government of Canada and operator Termont Montreal Inc., will add 600,000 TEU containers to the port’s total capacity on the island of Montreal.