The Port of Montreal has applauded a Canadian Coast Guard decision authorizing the passage of vessels up to 44 meters (about 144 feet) wide in the Quebec-Montreal section of the St. Lawrence navigation channel. The previous authorized width was 105 feet without restrictions.
The new provisions will make it possible for all post-Panamax vessels, including container ships with capacities of 6,000 20-foot-equivalent units, to reach Montreal.
The CCG made the provisions following a study commissioned by the MPA and conducted jointly with Transport Canada, the CCG, the Laurentian Pilotage Authority and the Corporation of Central St. Lawrence Pilots.
“Shipping lines, no matter what type of cargo they carry, will be able to substantially increase capacity on their services to Montreal, which will inevitably lead to benefits for the port’s broad customer base,” said Sylvie Vachon, MPA president and CEO, in a written statement.