HAMBURG, Ger.–Hapag-Lloyd said it saw its Canadian market share increase to over 18% in the past year. Hapag-Lloyd is the largest liner shipping company in terms of throughput volume at both the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Halifax, the company said, adding that it handles more containers in Montreal than in Los Angeles and Long Beach combined – the largest port complex in North America.
Deepening the channel is an important topic at the Port of Montreal, as it is in Hamburg. In order to be able to sail the Saint Lawrence River, which is quite shallow in places, with increasing transport volumes, Hapag-Lloyd has included some modern wide-body ships in its Montreal services, which can offer more capacity due to their low draught. Hapag-Lloyd has three exclusive services that connect Quebec and Europe, which call only at Montreal on the Canadian side (SLCS1 and SLCS2 to Northern Europe and MCA to the Mediterranean). Additionally, three Europe services also call at Halifax on Canada’s east coast and six services at Vancouver on the west coast (to/from Asia and Australia/Oceania).
“It’s not just been since our 2006 fusion with the Canadian shipping company CP Ships that the Port of Montreal has been one of the most important ports in our global portfolio. We are naturally quite interested in the port’s further development and infrastructure,” said Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer at Hapag-Lloyd. “We fully support the maritime strategy and see in it a great deal of potential for the Port of Montreal and all maritime players involved.”
Back in 1861, the ships of “Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft” (Hapag), which was founded in 1847, travelled to Canada for the first time – and services to and from Canada have now been running on a regular basis since 1884.