Shipping lines and ports gear up for project cargo business on the Great Lakes

Shipping lines and ports gear up for project cargo business on the Great Lakes

By Alex Binkley

Spliethoff, operating under the name BigLift, and McKeil Marine have geared up to serve the demand for project cargo shipments on the Seaway/Great Lakes. Their preparation has been matched by the ports of Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Johnston and Valleyfield as well as several U.S. harbours. However, just how much project cargo moves through the Seaway-Great Lakes is hard to pin down because the St. Lawrence Seaway doesn’t report project cargo volumes as a separate category. It’s included in the general cargo category and to the end of September, general cargo passing through the Seaway stood at 2.2 million tonnes, down 6.2 per cent compared to same period in 2017. (more…)

With U.S. grain leading the way, Seaway volumes are up 4 per cent year-to-date

According to the latest figures, U.S. grain shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 29 to August 31 topped one million metric tonnes, up 31 per cent over the same period last year. The majority of U.S. exports originated from the port of Toledo and were carry-over from the 2017 grain season. The grain rush has helped boost overall cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway for the season to 21.4 million metric tonnes, representing a four per cent increase over volumes this time last year. Liquid bulk shipments at 2.8 million metric tonnes are also up 33 per cent, with coal at 1.5 million metric tonnes, up 30 per cent. Dry bulk shipments reached 5.5 million metric tonnes, down four per cent. (more…)

Port of Montreal strives for excellence in sustainable development and innovation

Port of Montreal strives for excellence in sustainable development and innovation

Sustainable development and innovation are at the heart of the Montreal Port Authority’s (MPA) business practices and strategic plan.

“The MPA is at the forefront of the marine sector’s movement towards a future where emerging technologies, efficiency and sustainable development go hand in hand,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvie Vachon. “We are an organization that is committed to protecting the environment, to its neighbouring communities, and to its contribution to the economic growth of Montreal, Quebec and Canada. The innovative projects that we are undertaking all have a positive impact on these three pillars of sustainable development.” (more…)

Port of Montreal’s Contrecoeur terminal development to support growth of container market enters crucial phase

A project that is vital to support the growth of the container market, a cargo-handling sector that generates economic development for Montreal, Quebec and Eastern Canada, has entered a crucial phase.

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has proposed the construction of container port terminal on its property at Contrecoeur, located some 40 kilometres downstream from Montreal, in order to handle containerized cargo growth through the port. The terminal would have a maximum annual capacity of 1.15 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers). (more…)

Port of Montreal’s international container hub’s competitive advantages allow carriers, shippers to move cargo quickly, efficiently

Port of Montreal’s international container hub’s competitive advantages allow carriers, shippers to move cargo quickly, efficiently

As an international container hub, the Port of Montreal continues to grow in both size and volume.

Montreal is the second largest container port in Canada, the leading container port in Eastern Canada, and the fifth largest container port on North America’s east coast. It handled an unprecedented 1.54 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers) in 2017 and is well on its way to breaking that record this year. The number of TEUs moving through the port in the first eight months of 2018 was up 9.5 percent compared with the same period last year.

One in four marine containers handled in Canada moves through the Port of Montreal, which is the container port of Quebec and Ontario and the only container port on the St. Lawrence River. (more…)