Container Ship Begins New Regular Service at Montreal Port

MONTREAL, QC – The Port of Montreal last week welcomed the addition of another cargo container ship to its regular, weekly schedule and it’s a big one.

Hapag-Lloyd has added the 4,045-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) Quebec Express as the fourth vessel on its weekly St. Lawrence Coordinated Service, which connects Montreal with Southampton, United Kingdom; Antwerp, Belgium; and Hamburg, Germany.

Previously known as the Longavi, the vessel has been renamed for the Province of Quebec as part of Hapag-Lloyd’s tradition of naming ships after the markets it serves.

The vessel’s new name tips its hat to the first-ever Quebec Maritime Strategy, according to the Port of Montreal, which calls for the provincial government to support the marine industry with more than $1.5 billion in investments and sustainably develop the marine economy.

Built in 2006, the Quebec Express is 267 meters long and 32 meters wide.

The Port of Montreal, which handled 1,402,393 TEUs in 2014, representing 12,575,069 tons of cargo, has its own rail network directly dockside and is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system.

 

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