This shipment is the first of what is expected to be an increasingly frequent service for container movements on the Great Lakes. The container ‘feeder’ vessel will carry approximately 350 containers (350 TEUs) originating in the GTHA from Hamilton to Montreal. These containers will be transloaded in Montreal to other vessels destined for various overseas ports.
June’s sailing is expected to be followed by a second Hamilton-Montreal voyage in July, building up to 20+ sailings in 2022.
Since its establishment at the Port of Hamilton in 2015, HCT has been building its container handling business, providing a viable alternative to some of the more congested depots in the GTHA. “We have been creating the business ecosystem to bring this service to life,” said HCT President Amandeep Kaloti. “We have invested in infrastructure and established the right partnerships for it to succeed.” In addition to Desgagnés and HOPA Ports, MSC is a key supporter of this service, Federal Marine Terminals as the terminal operator, and all export bookings handled by Hamilton-based freight forwarder Avancer International Freight Systems.
HOPA Ports’ President & CEO Ian Hamilton believes HCT is tapping into a wider shift that is creating new opportunities for Great Lakes shipping. “Highway congestion, greenhouse gas reduction targets, driver shortages – all of these factors are combining, so marine is making more sense for short journeys than ever before,” said Hamilton.
HCT is currently accepting additional bookings from Hamilton to Montreal to India and far east destination ports for the service’s inaugural sailing. If you are interested in moving containers on this new feeder service, please contact HCT, Sanjeev Saraf (Director Commercial) at [email protected].
About Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT)
Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) is a container depot serving the Greater Golden Horseshoe. HCT’s convenient location is ideal for regional and international companies, looking to reduce delivery time and improve efficiency. To learn more, visit www.hamiltoncontainerterminal.com
About HOPA Ports
As an integrated port network, the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) offers innovative port and marine assets on the Great Lakes. HOPA is developing multimodal spaces to support Ontario’s industries and facilitate trade. By investing in high-quality infrastructure and prioritizing sustainability, HOPA is building prosperous working waterfronts in Ontario communities. To learn more, visit: www.hopaports.ca