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General cargo vessel arrived from China in Montreal

For the first time in its fifty-year history, Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, a premier terminal operator at the Port of Montreal, joined efforts with Fracht FWO Inc., an international Freight Forwarder with strong presence in North America, to receive a cargo vessel originating directly from China.

The first direct shipping link, without transshipment, between Asia and the Port of Montreal demonstrates the fluidity of the trade and the availability of our installations in Montreal. The Port of Montreal is pleased to be able to count on the efficiency and strength of its key partners in the supply chain. As a strategic asset, our primary role is to ensure optimal service for the benefit of North American businesses and citizens. Our partners MGTP’s responsiveness and creativity contribute significantly to our ability to fulfill our essential role at the heart of society.” – Guillaume Brossard, Vice-President, Growth and Development, Montreal Port Authority.

With vessel capacity a growing challenge throughout the supply chain this year, Fracht FWO Inc. with headquarters in Houston, Texas and in partnership with Fracht Canada Freight Inc., enthusiastically reached out to Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership earlier this year to evaluate the option of moving their customers freight through Montreal to accommodate the growing consumer needs.

Times have been challenging for many of our customers who face disruptions in the global shipping market. This solution has been truly ‘out of the box’ and we appreciate the cooperation, responsiveness and support MGTP has offered to work with us and receive this special vessel at their terminal in Montreal. It has helped us put this solution together and help ship a tremendous amount of cargo on one vessel during these difficult times” says Benjamin Liewald BM/ Executive VP Projects.

This General cargo vessel the “Happy Rover” specializing in heavy lift cargo and measuring 138.04 meters in length and 22.94 meters wide, left Taicang, China September 29th and moved through the Panama Canal on October 29th, after making one port call in Busan Korea. Under the command of Capt. P.H.S.T Blok of Biglift Shipping B.V., She arrived safely in Montreal 46 days later, on November 14th.

The units discharged have been quickly routed by truck inland. After a one-day port stay, the Happy Rover, still under charter agreement with Fracht FWO Inc, continues her voyage to Cleveland with a final destination of Thunder Bay.

Michael Fratianni, President/ CEO of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership comments about this collaboration –

MGT is particularly proud to have teamed up with Fracht in making history. We are also pleased that the unloading of the first ever direct Asia call to Montreal was handled seamlessly and safely.  We are grateful that Fracht opted to partner with MGT to provide a unique solution to its customers during these unprecedented times of supply chain disruptions.”

New ship-to-shore post-panamax cranes

Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership acquired 4 new ship-to-shore post-panamax cranes. Two of them arrived at Cast terminal on Wednesday August 25th. The assembly will start when the onloading of the cranes will be completed.

Non smoker Health directive

Montréal Gateway Terminals adopt immediately a directive concerning non smoker health.

Everybody inside MGT territory must comply with this directive.

Please read the Following directive:


OCR Portal Solution – Trucking Service

Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP) is pleased to announce that the installations of the lane OCR Portal solution are operational and available to the entire trucking community.

For Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership and the Port of Montreal, these significant operational improvements will have a positive impact on our customers and the services we provide, resulting in a faster trucker check-in experience and accelerate turn times.

The OCR Portal system will contribute to accelerate the transaction times by modifying our existing process(s) and introducing state of the art technology that will enable faster access.

The combination of technology-based solutions that will contribute to the implementation of Truck Gates OCR consists of three core components:

  • A Web Application – PreGate Customer Service Portal
  • OCR Camera portals
  • Automated gate kiosks

We encourage you to review the following information to learn more about new OCR processes and technology changes:

OCR Process Introduction (English) 

OCR Process Introduction (French)

Truck Driver’s Handbook : The new version of the Trucker’s Guide contains important updates and instructions on new OCR procedures

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and support. This important investment is a further testament of our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our partners in the trucking community.


Terminal hours during St-Jean Baptiste and Canada Day

Please note that June 24th both terminal will be closed for 24 hours.
Terminals will reopen Tuesday morning 06:00 am.
There is no change for July 1st; regular business hours.

Administrative Protocols – Extended Gate Hours Service Fee

Further to our publication of July 13th, 2018 relating to the extended truck gate operating hours , enclosed is a descriptive notice of the administrative aspects and protocols of this related service fee.

Administrative Protocols


Extended Gate Operating Hours – Notice to all Partners

Following MGT’s decision to maintain extended operating hours, please find enclosed details of this advisory

Extended Truck Gate Operating Hours




2018 Holiday Schedule – Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Canada Day

Holiday Schedule Update:

Please be advised that terminal truck gates will be closed Monday June 25 and Monday July 2, 2018 

Important Terminal Policy Advisory – Seals and Placards

In preparation for implementation of  our OCR portal lanes which are expected to bring noteworthy improvements to the fluidity of our gate process thus reducing truck wait times, kindly be advised that effective Monday May 14,  2018, the following polices will be mandatory for all containers arriving by truck, moving through Montreal Gateway Terminals – Section 62 and 77.

Seals: Both full exports and empty containers are required to be affixed with a seal, prior to terminal gate entry, for which the number must be provided to the trucking agent at the time of the ticket transaction. Effective this date, seals will no longer be provided by the Terminals of MGTP.

Export Hazardous Cargo: Placards appropriate to the dangerous goods being carried, must be visible on the container prior      to terminal gate entry. All other placards, not pertaining to the goods, must also be removed. This applies to empty returns, as well.

Import hazardous placards will continue to be affixed by the terminal operator, if necessary, based on operational requirements.

Effective Monday May 14, 2018, transactions not in compliance with the above policies in place, may result in the unit being refused entry, until within full conformity with terminal standards.

As we continue to work to exceed industry standards for what concerns trucking services, we thank you for your essential collaboration.

2018 Holiday Schedule – Victoria Day Monday May 21, 2018

Holiday Schedule Update:

Please be advised that terminal truck gates will be closed Victoria Day Monday May 21, 2018