MONTREAL, Que.–Logistec Corporation announced that Termont Terminal Inc. has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Montréal Port Authority to manage its new Viau Terminal. This redeveloped site will include a full-service berth for container vessels, two state-of-the-art post-Panamax cranes, a modern automated truck-marshalling gate, an efficient intermodal service using on-terminal rail operations, and a high-density container yard, said the release.
“The Port of Montréal is a strategic gateway for container shipping in North America. The development of this new capacity is not only good for Termont, MSC, and the Port, but also for Montréal, Québec, and Canada. With its intermodal networks, Montréal is a key facilitator for international trade. The new Viau terminal will provide Termont with the additional space it needs to deliver quick turnaround times and efficient cargo handling services to the Port of Montréal’s current and future customers, and thus support MSC as it continues to grow its services through the Port of Montréal,” said Madeleine Paquin, Chair of Termont Terminal Inc. and President and CEO of Logistec Corporation.
The Viau Terminal will be operated by Termont Montréal Inc., which, in addition to its existing business at the Maisonneuve Terminal, will oversee day-to-day activities at the new Viau facility, and provide cargo and container handling, inventory management, and transloading to truck or rail via CN and CP rail lines.
Construction of the Viau Terminal will be completed in two phases, the first of which will create container-handling capacity for an additional 350,000 TEUs by 2016. The second phase will provide facilities for another 250,000 TEUs, for a total of 600,000 TEUs at the new facility.
Termont will be investing approximately $42 million in new equipment at the Viau Terminal over a two-year period. This includes two new ship-to-shore post-Panamax cranes, five rubber-tire gantry cranes, six reach stackers, electrically-powered reefer stations, and a variety of tractors, trailers and lifters. During construction of the first phase, Logistec has made its newly purchased LHM 600 mobile harbour crane available to support Termont’s activities.
“Termont is currently operating at full capacity and handled over 500,000 TEUs in 2014. This project will allow us to efficiently handle well over one million TEUs of container traffic and accommodate customer growth,” said Julien Dubreuil, General Manager of Termont Montréal Inc. “With Canada’s free trade agreement with the European Union coming into effect next year, this expansion will also help us maintain our competitiveness and provide quick turnaround for our clientele.”
“I am extremely pleased that the future Viau Terminal will be operated by Termont, a great partner for the Port of Montreal since 1987,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montréal Port Authority. “I am sure that this project will be a great success, adding a capacity of 600,000 TEUs annually.”
Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999. All posts by Julia Kuzeljevich