Longer gate hours mulled for Port of Montreal
In response to persistent congestion issues since early this year, a study into the cost of extending gate hours at the Port of Montreal will be presented to stakeholders on April 23. A pilot program will be implemented by early summer or perhaps earlier, according to a statement signed by CargoM, MSC, Montreal Gateway Terminals, Termont Montreal and the Quebec Trucking Association.The statement cited a number of "challenges that are impeding the flow of our logistics chain." The "most visible" challenges include "constant growth" in container freight volumes, traffic problems caused by infrastructure and repair work, and longer commuter rush hours reducing periods when port area truck traffic can flow freely.
In the past few months, trucks have experienced waits of up to several hours, and several trucking companies raised their rates $75 an hour for waiting times. Congestion has been substantially lower for railway movements, which account for approximately 45% of surface shipments.
Last year, Montreal's container cargo rose by 6.2% to 1.54 million TEUs. A strong surge continued in the first months of 2018. (photo MPA)