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Ottawa invests $45.8m in Port of Montreal road infrastructure

2018-05-15

 

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Montreal Port Authority has welcomed the Government of Canada's announcement of funding of $45.8 million in the road network adjacent to the Port of Montreal to facilitate the transport of Canadian goods to world markets. This investment is awarded under the National Trade Corridors Fund program.

"This announcement has a direct impact on the Port of Montreal and its many partners, and it is a mobilizing project that will make a contribute to improving the flow of freight transport by road in the city," said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon when the announcement was made on May 14 at the Port of Montreal's Grand Quay.

The past five years have been marked by sustained growth in the economy and international trade at the Port of Montreal, clearly reflected in an increase in traffic, especially goods moved by containers. Currently handling 1.5 million TEU annually, the port's box throughput is expected to attain 2.5 million TEU by 2030.

"To support this increase, it became imperative to keep improving the road network system near our facilities, in collaboration with our partners in the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, so that goods can be more smoothly moved by truck, and that is exactly the goal of the project announced today," added Ms. Vachon.

 

The extension of L'Assomption Boulevard coupled with the Port's construction of an overpass spanning Notre-Dame Street will help complete the traffic circulation loop, intended for heavy vehicles that enter and leave the Port of Montreal, by providing direct access to the facilities. This will lighten the local road network; congestion and wait times will be reduced for citizens and transport companies. The Port of Montreal takes this opportunity to thank Transports Québec, which completed the new access ramps to Highway 25 in 2016 and 2017.

Pictured in photo from left to right : Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the MPA, Marc Cadieux, president and CEO of the Association du camionnage du Québec, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, Sylvain Ouellet, vice president of the Executive committee of the City of Montreal, Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie - Le Sud-Ouest - Île-des-Soeurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Nicola Di Lorio, Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard?-?Saint-Michel. (Photo APM)

 
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