Inside Logistics

Ports of Montreal and Marseille cooperate on business development

The two international ports will work together to build trade ties


December 1, 2020
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MONTREAL –The Port of Montreal and the Port of Marseille Fos have signed a five-year cooperation agreement. The two international ports will work together to build trade ties.

Marseille Fos, on France’s Mediterranean coast, handles nearly 10,000 ships and 79 million tonnes of freight a year.

The MOU between the two parties focuses on six areas of cooperation:

  1. Trade between the two organizations
  2. Innovation and the pooling of know-how in this area
  3. Public affairs by sharing best practices in communication and community relations
  4. Information technologies by sharing best practices in data exchange and concrete efforts on common issues
  5. Sustainable development and energy transition to ensure sustainable management of port spaces and better project acceptability
  6. Strategic growth partnerships

“Innovation, performance and environmental excellence are the values embodied by the Port of Marseille Fos. There is no doubt that the Port of Marseille Fos’ multimodal connection offer between Asia, Africa and Europe is an excellent opportunity for North American players to develop their business and investments in the Euro-Mediterranean zone,” said Hervé Martel, chairman of the board of directors of the Port of Marseille Fos.

“With trade between the Port of Montreal and Europe in constant growth, including trade with the Port of Marseille Fos, this major agreement is a golden opportunity to strengthen our business ties and build on our common strengths, such as our vision of innovation, our geostrategic locations and our growth in the container sector,” said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

In an area as large as the city of Paris, the Port of Marseille Fos is capable of handling a wide range of activities involving the import and export of all types of goods (hydrocarbons, containers, mineral ores, food products, etc.). The port has large-scale logistics platforms hosting international players who supply the French and European markets. Industrial activities such as oil refining, the steel industry, the chemical industry and ship repair, including “Dry Dock 10”, the third-largest dry dock in the world, also make up the port ecosystem.