Innovation Hub

Smart City and Smart Ports international congresses: The Port of Montreal is participating in collective thinking on the future of the marine industry

Daniel Olivier, Director, Business Intelligence and Innovation at the Port of Montreal, is one of the guest speakers at the “Smart Ports. Piers of the Future” organized by the Port of Barcelona together with the ports of Montreal, Antwerp, Hamburg Los Angeles, and Rotterdam as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2019 on 19, 20 and 21 November at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.

Smart Ports, Piers of the Future
Side event Smart Ports Summit Barcelona — Panel discussion on Port Strategy

See the video here.


Port of Montreal partnering with Centech to create North America’s first port innovation accelerator

Four innovation themes will guide the unit’s work: supply chain visibility and freight mobility; cybersecurity; process improvement and agility; and supply chain decarbonization.

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Innovation in the service of sustainable development

The Port of Montreal promotes green navigation through its innovative initiatives. Recently, it introduced shore power for cruise ships and wintering vessels (reducing GHG emissions by about 2,800 tonnes per year), and put in place a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply solution to refuel ships with a less polluting fuel.

Thanks to its vision for the future, the MPA ranks at the top of the 2017 Green Marine Performance Report .


The Port of Montreal in augmented reality

An augmented reality program is behind the partnership with PreVu3D and ARA Robotics to model three-dimensional port locations and facilities. Once completed, such a tool will make it possible to improve infrastructure planning, optimize space, or even tour the Port’s facilities in virtual reality.

The Trucking PORTal App: A GHG Reduction Project

The Trucking PORTal reports on truck traffic and wait times at container terminals IN REAL TIME. A data capture system makes it possible to measure truck trips from entering to leaving the Port, and to relay this information to drivers and dispatchers.

Enter the PORTal


Smart Port Challenge: innovation applied to port operations

Established in 2016, this partnership between the MPA and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), consists of launching a challenge each year to the students in the ÉTS operations and logistics engineering program to propose solutions to an actual innovation problem in port operations.

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Winners of the 2018 Smart Port Challenge

A secure interface exclusively dedicated to freight transport

Such a portal will enable better control ot delivery and operation schedules, provide easier access to various clearance and billing documents, and bring greater fluidity, efficiency and transparency to international shipping.

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Member of chainPORT since March 2017

Founded by the Port of Hamburg, the chainPORT group makes it possible for members to exchange information and develop innovative, forward-looking solutions. Ports are invited to share their vision and best industry practices to meet the challenges of a dynamic market.

chainPORT website

The Port of Montreal at the first international port hackathon

As part of a three-day creative marathon, the best young innovative startups in the world vie ingeniously to find solutions to challenges posed by participating port authorities from around the world, including the Port of Montreal.

Link to the hackathon website


The future of marine transport

In September 2018, the Port of Montreal hosted the third edition of chainPORT Academy. This seminar organized by the international network of smart ports chainPORT brings together representatives of smart ports from around the world share knowledge, interact and together, build a common vision for the future of marine transportation.

See the video recaps: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3

Montreal intermodal Performance Measures (MIPM): decision-support and real-time monitoring tools

In collaboration with key partners, the Montreal Port Authority is leading a comprehensive program to monitor port performance. The measures report on vessel, terminal, rail and truck operations.

View our performance reports here.


Electronic navigation in the service of safety, efficiency and the environment

Since 2008, the Port of Montreal has progressively implemented an electronic navigation system in which technological tools improve efficiency and safety, while helping to protect the marine environment. For example, the DUKC® [Dynamic Under Keel Clearance] system implemented in 2013 on the St. Lawrence River makes it possible to optimize the use of the water column, ensuring a safe passage for every vessel.