Better Road and Marine Access
The MPA was involved in several projects in 2016 to improve road and marine accesses to the Port of Montreal.
In November 2016, the Government of Quebec inaugurated the first direct access ramp from Highway 25 South to the port in order to facilitate truck access to port territory. The ramp allows trucks to remain on the highway network for a longer period of time, decreases the amount of truck traffic on city streets, and reduces transit time for trucks to reach the port. This project improves goods mobility while reducing impacts on the local road network.
A direct access ramp to Highway 25 North from the port should be completed in fall 2017.
Modifications were also carried out at the Port of Montreal truck entrance at de Boucherville Street that have doubled the traffic capacity for each cycle of traffic lights.
In October, the MPA launched its Trucking PORTal, a web application designed to improve goods fluidity and mobility on port territory. It has been created for truck drivers who frequent the Port of Montreal and their dispatchers. It posts, in real time, traffic-related wait times on port territory so that truckers can better plan and optimize routes to container terminals, avoid congestion and save time. This improved truck fluidity will ultimately reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the port. We already have seen concrete results regarding wait times at certain terminals. (For more information, please see the section on Innovation and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases).
With regard to improved marine access, the MPA conducted a study in 2016 to compare the innovative Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) system with the current static approach. DUKC is a dynamic electronic-navigation system that can predict in real time the critical vertical component of the navigation channel water column – the distance measured from the water surface to the river bed, allowing for the determination of a ship’s accurate under-keel clearance – during an actual vessel transit. This system provides useful information for a port to mitigate risk, increase sailing windows and maximize ships’ drafts. By optimizing the use of the water column, a port can increase the volume of cargo it can handle.
A break-in period of the DUKC system with Saint-Laurent Central Corporation pilots began in September.
The MPA and the St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) improved the “Marine Conditions” application on the SLGO’s web portal in 2016 by integrating data on water levels from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service. It also allows for the determination of the calculated vertical air clearance of the Quebec Bridge. The SLGO web portal, and more specifically the “Marine Conditions” application, make it possible to obtain an overview of water-level data in near real time on the territory extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, thereby benefiting marine clients and facilitating port operations.
The improved app is available through a link on Port of Montreal website homepage.