Broadening our horizons
2016 Annual Report
Impact économique pour front
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.
Of the Port of Montreal
direct, indirect and induced jobs
in added value to the Canadian economy
per year in spinoffs
direct, indirect and induced
At the Port of Montreal
13.1 million tonnes
(20-foot equivalent unit containers)
The largest container port in Eastern Canada.
One marine container in four handled in Canada moves through the Port of Montreal
13.7 million tonnes
8.4 million tonnes
passengers and crewmembers
Port of Montreal traffic (in thousands of tonnes)
|Type of Cargo||2016||2015||VARIATION|
Summary of financial results (in thousands of $)
|Revenue from operations||106,701||102,637|
|Operating earnings before other items||22,622||19,334|
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.
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.
The MPA and numerous port partners participate in the Cargo Logistics Canada conference held in Montreal.
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.
The MPA welcomes the announcement by the Government of Quebec for the development of industrial port zones.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issues the final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the MPA for the Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 and Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest cruise ships arrive in Montreal for the first time.
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.
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.
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.
Viking Cruises’ Viking Star cruise ship arrives in Montreal for the first time.
A new access ramp opens from Highway 25 South to facilitate truck access to Port of Montreal territory.
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.