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September 21, 2012

Three cruise ships expected for the first time in the Port of Montreal

The Port of Montreal will welcome over the next several days three cruise ships that will be sailing to the city for the first time.

The Quest for Adventure will dock at the Iberville Passenger Terminal, at Alexandra Pier, on Monday, September 24, at 8 a.m. The ship, operated by Saga Cruises, can accommodate 450 passengers.

The 450-passenger M/V Seabourn Sojourn will arrive in the Port of Montreal on the morning of September 28 from Southampton, United Kingdom. The Yachts of Seabourn ship will stop in Montreal before sailing to Boston.

On October 1, the Port of Montreal will also welcome for the first time the 1,260-passenger M/V Artania, operated by German company Phoenix Reisen. The ship sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany, and will stop in Montreal before continuing on to New York.

To celebrate the inaugural visits, the Port of Montreal will present a commemorative plaque to the captain of each vessel. The Port of Montreal’s peak cruise season is autumn, when passengers can enjoy the colourful fall foliage. Some 55,000 cruise passengers will sail up the St. Lawrence River to Montreal this year, up 46 per cent over 2011.
Information on Port of Montreal cruise ship arrivals and departures is available at: http://www.port-montreal.com/en/cruise-vessels-schedule.html

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 the largest container shipping lines in the world. In 2011, the Port of Montreal handled 1,362,975 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), representing 12,471,002 tonnes of cargo.

The Port also handled 10,760,649 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,431,811 tonnes of dry bulk, and 1,741,035 tonnes of grain in 2011.

The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The Port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 38,031 passengers and crew members in 2011. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.

Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually.

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Michèle Beaubien
Director of Communications
Tel.: 514 283-7050

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