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Sylvie Vachon announces Port of Montreal record

Sylvie Vachon dévoile un record pour le Port de Montréal

2012-01-03

Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, announced that the Port of Montreal posted a record volume of cargo in 2011, with preliminary data showing a 9% increase to over 28 million tonnes. Containerized cargo rose by 4% from 2010.

The 2011 throughput exceeded  the previous record set in 2008, prior to the 2009 recession.

Ms. Vachon announced the record at the Gold-Headed Cane ceremony on Jan. 3, at which Capt. Fuerstenberg, Master of the German oil tanker Seasprat, received the award for the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montreal in the New Year.

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Seaway extends toll freeze

2011-12-28

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has announced there will be no toll increase in 2012. The decision to extend the toll freeze is aimed at reinforcing the waterway's market development initiatives following an approximate tonnage increase of 1% in 2011.

"We are striving to reduce system costs and to bring more cargo into the system," said SLSMC President Terence Bowles.


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Canadian ports applaud border action plan

2011-12-09

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has welcomed the Dec. 7 action plan by Canada and the United States to facilitate cross-border trade and to increase cooperation on security.

The agreement includes pilot projects on pre-screening cargo which are expected to start next September at the ports of Prince Rupert and Montreal. Both ports handle a significant volume of U.S.-bound goods.

The pilot projects fall within the framework of an integrated security strategy to pre-screen cargo away from the borders at the first port of entry under what amounts to an "inspected once, cleared twice" policy for moving goods between the two countries.

ACPA applauded an agreement that enhances the long-standing relationship with Canada's biggest trading partner, the United States.

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Marine Delivers launches
new website resource

2011-12-07

Members of the Great Lakes-Seaway marine industry have launched a new one-stop website resource at www.marinedelivers.com to highlight the economic, environmental and safety benefits of the bi-national waterway.

Aimed at both Canadian and U.S. audiences, the re-designed site serves as a platform for industry news and announcements, economic statistics, safety information and environmental success stories. Interested parties can sign up for an RSS feed.

Marine Delivers is a bi-national industry collaboration that includes ports, shipowners, the St. Lawrence Seaway corporations and other stakeholders in the Great Lakes-Seaway marine industry.

 
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Port of Montreal
soaring to record

2011-12-07

The Port of Montreal is on track to shatter its previous annual cargo record, with preliminary statistics for the first nine months of 2011 showing a nearly 16% increase. It was thus well-positioned for final 2011 volume to approach 28 million tonnes, mainly thanks to brisk liquid bulk and container activity.

Last year, Montreal handled 25.9 million tonnes, the best performance since the 25.93 million tonnes handled in 2006. In the three quarters to end September, the port's volume amounted to 21.2 million tonnes versus 18.3 million tonnes.

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