Further to the Cooperation Agreement signed at the end of 2018 aimed at improving their respective and/or common port services, the Port Authorities of Montreal and Trois-Rivières have announced the rollout of three projects that will improve marine operations at both ports, namely the implementation of a common extranet portal to manage ship arrivals, the standardization of practices and procedures, and the implementation of a single security access control system (Port Pass) for workers and visitors.

The marine operations teams of Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) have jointly developed an IT solution to standardize messages and pre-arrival notification forms (PANs), providing greater simplicity and efficiency for ship owners and crews calling at both ports. This solution is currently being pilot-tested with shipping agencies in both regions and will be deployed to all port clients in the coming months. The new fully automated common portal, custom-developed by the MPA and TRPA teams, will give clients, shipowners and crews of both ports an effective tool to document a personalized profile, apply for port services and integrate data related to vessel pre-arrival procedures, which is a mandatory procedure in Canadian port waters. Watch this video about the common ship arrival portal, dubbed PAN: https://youtu.be/RCy75XPEb_A.

In addition to this portal project, the Port Authorities also managed to standardize the content of their Practices and Procedures, simplify the information transmitted to shipping partners calling at the two ports and establish a commonality in their operating rules.

The same approach to simplification and operational efficiency is behind the upcoming project for a common Port Pass: a single process to securely access port facilities in Montreal and Trois-Rivières. This project will be developed over the next few months.

“The exemplary collaboration between our two teams is producing results that benefit clients and crews calling at the ports of Montreal and Trois-Rivières,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority. “The results of this promising teamwork contribute effectively to our innovative and sustainable common vision to make the St. Lawrence River system even more efficient and competitive,” added Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of Trois-Rivières Port Authority.