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Montreal moves for Contrecoeur

Determined not to be left behind as Quebec City plans a new container terminal, Montreal has announced a new appointment to move its Contrecoeur development forward.

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Montreal has long maintained that its strategic location as the closest port to the US industrial and manufacturing heartland means it will never be obsolete as carriers deploy larger tonnage that is too big for the water depth of the St Lawrence river.


Montreal is essentially an old Panamax port when it comes to water depth, with a depth restriction in the St Lawrence River channel of 11m.


Montreal’s container volume has grown steadily, but not spectacularly, over the years, and it handled around 1.45M TEU last year. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA has long had a plan to expand its container operations with a new terminal at Contrecoeur, but with Logistec opening a new box facility at Viau recently it is not facing an immediate capacity shortfall.


Nevertheless, the port is now pushing to move the Contrecoeur project ahead faster to secure its position in the market as a new entrant threatens the established order. In December last year Quebec City announced it is planning a new box terminal 250 km closer to the open sea than Montreal, with a depth of 250km, at its Beauport area. Two new box terminals are also planned in Nova Scotia (Melford and Novaporte), although neither is in the jurisdiction of a Canada Port Authority to help resource their proposals. Melford and Novaporte have been talked about for years, but the Québec Port Authority is much better placed to secure provincial and federal funding for its new terminal.

Ryan Dermody is now Vice-President, Contrecoeur at MPA.
Ryan Dermody is now Vice-President, Contrecoeur at MPA.

The MPA has now announced the appointment of Mr. Ryan Dermody to the newly created position of Vice-President, Contrecoeur. “In his new role, Ryan Dermody will spearhead and implement the MPA’s major undertaking to develop a new container terminal at Contrecoeur. His mandate will be to guide, plan and oversee all the activities related to the project’s successful completion and to work with the partners involved in establishing a logistics centre and an industrial port zone in the Contrecoeur sector”, the MPA stated.


Dermody has experience in port, logistics and supply chain operations, and prior to joining the MPA, he was Investissement Québec’s Senior Director for Infrastructure Projects in the energy and logistics fields.

“The creation of this new executive position at the MPA reflects the scope of this vast project to support the growth of the container market in Quebec and Canada and its importance for regional and national economic development. Its commissioning is scheduled for 2023-2024,” the MPA stated. More information is available here.

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