Ports of Montreal, Antwerp to create green shipping container

GLASGOW — The Ports of Montreal and Antwerp have agreed to work toward creating the first green shipping container in the North Atlantic, with the two organizations signing a cooperation agreement at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on climate change.

Through the agreement, the two ports pledge to mobilize their respective public- and private-sector partners in the assessment, identification, development and adoption of shared or complementary solutions and infrastructures. Together, they intend to facilitate the trade of green fuels and the supply of renewable fuels and clean technologies to vessels.

“The St. Lawrence port and marine ecosystem is well positioned to use, distribute and export renewable fuels such as hydrogen and methanol produced using Quebec hydropower,” said Montreal Port Authority president and CEO Martin Imbleau. “Our green energies can serve vessels and international markets alike. This agreement makes it possible for us to build on our respective strengths to decarbonize not only our industry, but also our respective economies.”

Both signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization, the two ports said they intend to actively contribute to the achievement of international objectives while creating economic opportunities for their markets.