Port of Montreal Joins TradeLens
October 29, 2018
Port of Montreal is joining the TradeLens solution, jointly developed by
Maersk and IBM to promote more efficient and secure global trade.
Underpinned by blockchain technology, TradeLens aims to bring the
shipping industry into the digital age through a secure interface
exclusively dedicated to freight transport.
The Port of Montreal joins TradeLens alongside Canada Border and
Services Agency (CBSA) as the two newest Canadian members of the global,
blockchain-enabled shipping solution.
Digitizing the marine logistics ecosystem
With 5 container terminals, the Port of Montreal is Eastern Canada’s
largest container port. The Port is unique in North America as a
destination port where all container ships that arrive unload and reload
one hundred percent of their contents. Visibility is paramount. Each
vessel call implies a large number of shipping containers to coordinate
with landside logistics such as railcar deliveries and truck services.
TradeLens will allow the Port to enhance its business intelligence for
better resource planning based on inbound traffic with upstream
visibility. The Port of Montreal is also unique in the fact it owns and
operates its own railway within port territory. As a rail operator, the
Montreal Port Authority highly values this upstream visibility to
maintain high standards of fluidity and operational excellence.
“We applaud our partner Maersk for its vision and international
leadership. We are convinced that joint work on a global scale is part
of the key solutions to achieve a better flow of information and goods
for the benefit of clients and partners. TradeLens is fully aligned with
our objectives and business strategy centred on innovation and efficient
shipping,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.
Effective today, the Port is fully committed to the project in
collaboration with Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, whose
terminals receive Maersk vessels. Specifically, the Port of Montreal
will provide data on the movements of Maersk vessels and containers.
These data will be integrated into the platform to generate valuable
business intelligence that will increase the visibility of cargo
movement in Montreal’s logistics chain.
maritime industry faces rising cargo volumes and growing market demands.
TradeLens is a powerful tool to modernize work processes and cut red
tape,” said Jack Mahoney, President of Maersk Canada “With TradeLens,
the Port of Montreal will be better able to control delivery and
operation schedules, provide easier access to clearance and billing
documents and bring greater fluidity, efficiency and transparency to
With 90% of goods delivered by ship and millions of containers moving
between continents every year, this innovative initiative will, over
time, help transform the industry.
“We believe blockchain can play an integral role in digitizing and
reinventing shipping for organizations like the Port of Montreal, who
are responsible for processing over 38 metric tons of cargo annually.
TradeLens provides a common approach to building a strong, secure and
connected digital shipping network that benefits all participants
equally,” said Ayman Antoun, President, IBM Canada. “Our work with
Maersk has shown that blockchain can be used to transform a vital part
of how global trade is conducted as members like the Port of Montreal
and CBSA begin to interact more efficiently, securely sharing important
transactions through real-time access to shipping data and shipping