Port of Montréal: A Record Year in 2011
“According to our preliminary data, the total volume of cargo handled at the Port of Montréal is expected to be up just over 9%, bringing it to 28 million tonnes,” the best results in its history. That’s what Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montréal Port Authority (MPA), stated during the inauguration of a new year of activities at the Port.
The 30% increase in handling of bulk liquid, up to 9 million tonnes last year, has been a driver of growth. Hydrocarbons were mainly responsible of this hike. Moreover, container traffic which represents 43 per cent of the port’s activities has seen a 3% boost with 12 million tonnes of handled cargo.
Operated by the Montréal Port Authority, the Port of Montréal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods - containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by seven of the ten largest container shipping lines in the world. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs per year.