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Port of Montreal reports smoother operations

Published by Steve Coleman on September 19, 2011

The Port of Montreal says it has seen a marked improvement in the last year when it comes to getting goods off ships and on their way inland.

Work between CN and the Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT) over the last year has reduced to overall waiting time for inbound containers by almost 40 per cent.

On average, 95 per cent of containers find their way off a ship and on to a rail car within 72 hours of arriving at one of the city's two container terminals. As a part of the decision to improve productivity at the port, CN and the port authority have also been able to better coordinate the number of empty railcars waiting for their next load.

Efforts to get the right number of railcars to the right place at the proper time have been about 200 per cent better than they were in August 2010, the Port of Montreal says.

"The performance gains are attributable to a stronger relationship with MGT and a constant focus on detail," said Jean-Jacques Rues, CN executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "CN's contributions to this success include timelier car supply, improved car blocking and increased customer communication."

CN, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and the two companies that operate the port's three principal container terminals announced in February two level-of-service agreements to help improve supply chains.

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