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March 28, 2011

The Port of Montreal receives two more awards of excellence for its cruise operations

Montreal, March 24, 2011 - For the third consecutive year, cruise operations at the Port of Montreal were honoured by the prestigious magazine Dream World Cruise Destinations. This year, the Port of Montreal received the Most Efficient Terminal Operator award, which recognizes the most efficiently managed and operated cruise terminals in terms of customs clearance, security, supplying, baggage handling and all services to ships and passengers.

For a second consecutive year, the Port of Montreal also received the Best Turnaround Destination award, which recognizes cruise destinations that offer passengers a superior welcome in terms of excellent transfer service to airports and train stations, a broad array of hotels and a great variety of tourist attractions.  

"We are proud to once again receive awards that recognize the efficiency and calibre of our services to international cruise lines. I thank the employees of the Montreal Port Authority and everyone else who plays a role in helping cruise passengers enjoy an outstanding experience when they visit Montreal. It's this spirit of collaboration that put Montreal in a position to be rewarded as a top tourist destination," stated Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority.

In 2010, the Port of Montreal welcomed 27 international cruises and 13 cruises between Montreal and the Magdalen Islands, carrying more than 48,000 passengers and crew members. This year, the cruise season will begin on May 7 with the arrival of the Maasdam, which will be the first cruise ship of the 2011 season to dock in Montreal.

Information on the arrivals and departures of cruise ships can be found on the Montreal Port Authority website, at: http://www.port-montreal.com/

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods - containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by seven of the ten largest container shipping lines in the world.  Close to 1,331,351 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were handled at the Port of Montreal in 2010, representing 12,033,434 tonnes of cargo.

The Port also handled 8,151,136 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,204,076 tonnes of dry bulk, and 2,380,863 tonnes of grain in 2010.

The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the piers. It is connected to the two nationwide railways and a highway system. The Port also operates its own grain terminal and a marine passenger terminal that welcomed 48,180 passengers and crew members in 2010. All the other terminals are operated by private stevedoring firms. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs per year.

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Jean-Paul Lejeune
Director of Communications
Tel.: 514-283-7050 
Fax: 514-283-0829

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