CMA CGM deploys a larger vessel on its trans Atlantic service to Montreal.
The 5,047 TEU OOCL St.Lawrence is one of the largest ships to call at the Port of Montreal, which is constrained by the 11.3m depth in sections of the St. Lawrence river. Montreal says it can welcome “post-Panamax vessels carrying up to 6,500 TEU”, but these can not be fully laden.
The OOCL St. Lawrence has an overall length of 294.51m metres and a beam of 32.3m. It is deployed on OOCL’s Gateway Express 1 service between the ports of Montreal and Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Liverpool. The vessel left the Port of Liverpool on October 1 and reached Montreal on October 8, with departure scheduled for Monday 12 October.
“The Port of Montreal is pleased to support the growth of its partners and clients together with the regional and national economy. The arrival in Montreal of the OOCL St. Lawrence attests both to the strength of our long-standing business relationship with OOCL, and to the natural progression of our services toward a future that we envisage with confidence.” — Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority
“Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership welcomes the captain, officers and crew of the OOCL St. Lawrence. We are pleased to safely and efficiently accommodate this first visit, and all those to follow.” — Michael Fratianni, President and CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.
“OOCL has a long history in facilitating trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway, being the first container carrier calling the Port of Montreal 50 years ago. The selection in the name of our latest vessel, the OOCL St. Lawrence, shows our long-term commitment and confidence in the future of this vibrant Canadian gateway. Compared to her predecessor, the increased capacity from her deployment will be important to our strategic plans for growth. Being ice-strengthened to meet the harsh winter sailing conditions in the Trans-Atlantic service, the OOCL St. Lawrence will be a welcome addition to supporting year-round trade in this region for many years to come.” — Grace Liang, President of OOCL Canada