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Port of Montreal completes first phase of major container terminal expansion

$131 million project will greatly expand terminal's capacity, improve road and marine access



The Port of Montreal is the largest container port in Quebec as well as in Eastern Canada. PHOTO: Port of Montreal

The importing and exporting hub is the largest container port in Quebec as well as in Eastern Canada. PHOTO: Port of Montreal

MONTREAL—Construction crews have completed the first phase of a major scale-up project in the Port of Montreal’s Viau sector.

Federal government officials and Port of Montreal top brass inaugurated the new container terminal late last week, capping off a multimillion-dollar expansion project that began in June of last year.

The new terminal, which includes new gantry trains and other container-handling equipment, will boost the port’s handling capacity by the equivalent of 450,000 twenty-foot units.

Subsequent expansion work is expected to bring the Viau sector’s capacity to 600,000 TEUs while improving road and marine access. The federal government is contributing up to $43.7 million for all aspects of the project—about one-third of the total cost of $131 million.

The Port of Montreal is the second-largest container port in Canada and fifth-largest in North America. The import-export hub is a major trade link between Canada and Europe.

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