Montreal Port Authority and LOGISTEC boost container handling capacity at the Port of Montreal

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and LOGISTEC Corporation announce that Viau Terminal, which handles about 350,000 containers annually, will begin new construction phase to increase its handling capacity. This is its second phase, which continues and completes the most recent container terminal at the Port of Montreal. The first phase was completed in 2016.

After a fifth consecutive record year, steady growth in its various fields of activity and a 9 percent upswing in the container sector with 1.7 million containers handled in 2018, the Port of Montreal is more than ever a hub of global trade.

Accommodating growth

This new phase will make it possible to add 250,000 containers to Viau Terminal’s current capacity, bringing it to 600,000.

The project will enable the Port of Montreal to accommodate the anticipated growth in the container sector and reach its maximum capacity on the Island of Montreal—2.1 million units. The beneficial effects of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on freight traffic, growing market internationalization and regional and national economic vitality are among the factors that explain this positive dynamic, which shows no signs of slowing down.

The project works will run from September 2019 to December 2020 and will mainly include the following: installing piles, railway works, dynamic soil compaction, underground infrastructure works, laying foundation and paving.

When fully operational, Viau Terminal will generate 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, as well as C$340 million in economic benefits. The terminal uses new technologies and will continue to do so, for example by electrifying certain components and using broadband reversing alarms on equipment to minimize the noise impacts of handling activities.

Viau Terminal’s final phase is made possible through large investments from three partners: the MPA, LOGISTEC and the federal government. LOGISTEC is investing $30 million in the final phase.

“Collaboration is at the heart of our business processes, as demonstrated by today’s announcement,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA. “We are pleased to be able to complete the Viau terminal project, a sign of the steady growth of the container market in Montreal and to be able to count on the commitment of our valued partners who have been involved in this project from the start, the Government of Canada and LOGISTEC.”

Andrea Lee