MONTREAL – The port authorities of Montreal and Trois-Rivières will be working together on three new projects. They will build a common extranet to manage ship arrivals, standardize practices and procedures and introduce a single security system for staff and visitors.
The marine operations teams of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and the Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) have jointly developed an IT solution to standardize messages and pre-arrival notification forms (PANs). It is currently being pilot-tested with shipping agencies in both regions and will be deployed to all port clients in the coming months.
The portal will give clients, shipowners and crews of both ports a tool where they can create a profile, apply for port services and integrate data related to mandatory vessel pre-arrival procedures.
In recent months the port authorities also standardized their Practices and Procedures. They have simplified the information transmitted to shipping partners calling at the two ports and established common operating rules.
The next project will be the development of “Port Pass”: a single process to securely access port facilities in Montreal and Trois-Rivières. The ports say it will be developed over the next few months.
“The exemplary collaboration between our two teams is producing results that are making it possible to significantly improve the efficiency of marine operations for the benefit of clients and crews calling at the ports of Montreal and Trois-Rivières,” said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.
“The results of this promising teamwork contribute effectively to our innovative and sustainable common vision to make the St. Lawrence River system even more efficient and competitive,” added Gaétan Boivin, president and CEO of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority.
A cooperation agreement between the two ports was ratified in December 2018, extending a long, informal cooperation between them. Four work pillars are targeted under this agreement: marine operations; environmental management; port logistics; and, port/city relations.