Economics and history at the Port

 When Jacques Cartier first set foot on the island of Montreal in 1535, could he have imagined that this location 1600 km from the Atlantic Ocean would one day be home to a world-class seaport?


In 1611, a fur-trading post was established on the site. The port was then little more than a muddy riverbank. Only in the 1760s, when the fur trade truly came into its own, did the first wooden port facilities start to appear. The first stone piers were constructed in the 1830s, thus fully equipping the port for the exportation of raw materials like grain and the importation of manufactured goods.


Shipping activities at the port continued to shape the city’s economic growth and development as Canada’s first container terminal opened there in 1968. From that moment on, no effort was spared in optimizing the flow of merchandise from ships to the port’s entrances and exits. The approach developed here was such a success that the Montreal model soon became an industry standard, and the Port of Montreal became a leader among container ports.


But the impressive history of the Port of Montreal doesn’t end there! The 21st century has seen an ongoing concern with reducing the port’s environmental footprint. The goal now is to make transporting merchandise as green and sustainable as possible.


At the Port of Montreal, hybrid vehicles and locomotives with multiple generators are the order of the day!



Did you know?

The Port of Montreal serves a pool of 40 million consumers within 1 day’s drive by truck, and 70 million consumers within 2 days’ shipping by train.


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