The Port of Montréal, Canada, has officially inaugurated a new container terminal in its Viau sector.
The new Viau container facility, which will be operated by Termont Montréal Inc, will increase the port’s handling capacity by 450,000 teu.
The entire Viau project, which includes construction works already carried out as well as a second phase expected to completed in the years to come, will increase the Viau sector’s total capacity to 600,000 teu upon its completion.
Following completion of the project, the port’s total handling capacity will be increased to 2.1m teu.
Construction works on the terminal’s Phase 1 began in June 2015, with the berth completed in mid-August 2016 and the terminal operator having its first crane in place in October this year.
The second phase of the project would include construction of a second berth and the development of a complementary container-reception area.
According to the port, the construction of the new terminal is part of a wider port capacity optimisation project which covers three separate areas: the terminal’s container-handling capacity, marine access and road access.
“The Port of Montréal must be active on all three fronts to establish the right balance between facilitating traffic and ensuring that activities continue to run smoothly,” a statement by the port read.
The Government of Canada is contributing with a third of the eligible funding for all three project areas to a maximum of CA$44m (US$33m) under the New Building Canada Fund’s National Infrastructure Component.
Up to CA$27m (US$20m) is available to fund the new container terminal, with the remaining funding to be allocated to the project’s marine and road access areas.
In 2013, the port carried out a project to redevelop its land in the Viau sector to increase the space available for storing containers. This resulted in an increase in capacity of 150,000 teu.