Port of Montreal marks
50th anniversary of first containers
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and its clients this spring celebrated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first containers at the Port of Montreal, a milestone in its supply chain history. In 1967, the Port of Montreal handled its first container. In 1968, it inaugurated the first Canadian container terminal, and Manchester Liners Ltd launched a weekly container transport service to the United Kingdom.
Fifty years ago, the Port of Montreal handled some 11,300TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) containers for a single shipping line. In 2016, the Port handled 1,447,566 TEUs for six shipping lines. In the past half century, nearly 35 million TEUs have transited through Montreal's port facilities.
Today, the Port of Montreal is the only container port on the St. Lawrence River and the largest port in Eastern Canada. It has five container terminals. Nine regular services operated by global leaders in marine shipping connect Montreal to over 140 countries. Goods such as food products, fresh produce, electronic equipment and forestry products that are transported by container through Montreal mainly originate from, or are destined to, Northern Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean. (Photo APM)