Project to reduce greenhouse gases at the Port of Montreal implemented

The Montreal Port Authority has announced the implementation of a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing truck routes to and from terminals located on Port of Montreal territory.

The advanced new Trucking PORTal web-based application will be a key tool to reach the goal of reducing wait times at port container terminals.

A data capture system measures truck trips from when they enter to when they leave the port and relays this information in real-time to drivers and dispatchers. To achieve this, the project relies on a combination of Bluetooth and Radio-Frequency Identification technologies and licence plate readers.

Specifically, truck trips are captured at several points on port territory, tracking their movement. This results in a comprehensive view of the traffic, bottlenecks and wait times at the various terminals. This information is sent to drivers in real-time by means of a mobile application downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store or directly from This information is used to plan a route to get to the port and, while on port territory, optimize the time it takes to deliver or pick up cargo.

Shortened wait times and time frames automatically result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to reducing traffic congestion and increasing the flow of truck transport service. Shippers also come out winners.

“The Port of Montreal is among the first ports in the world to offer its road transport partners an advanced real-time information system on truck traffic on its territory. We are constantly working to improve freight mobility, which is our trademark, and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority.

The port authority thanks Transport Canada for its C$1.375 million contribution to this project that meets a very real need. There has been a steady rise over the last 10 years in the proportion of containers carried by truck.

Maritime Editorial