Creation of a first green maritime corridor between Quebec and Newfoundland

Creation of a first green maritime corridor between Quebec and Newfoundland
Creation of a first green maritime corridor between Quebec and Newfoundland

During a side event at COP28, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Oceanex and QSL announced their collaboration to create the first domestic green maritime corridor between Quebec and Newfoundland.

This corridor will green one of the busiest maritime routes in Eastern Canada, used daily between the Port of Montreal and that of St. John’s, and served by Oceanex and QSL. This initiative is part of our respective efforts to promote the energy transition and play a leading role in the decarbonization of the maritime transport industry.

Reduce carbon emissions

The Green Maritime Corridor project aimed at eliminating carbon emissions will consolidate the sustainable future of one of the most important maritime routes in Eastern Canada, which transports nearly 500,000 tonnes of goods (containerized and non-containerized) per year .

This essential maritime route for the supply of food products has around a hundred operations per year and has a trade balance of approximately 85% for exports to Newfoundland and 15% for imports. Shippers using this route already reduce emissions from transporting goods to Newfoundland by more than 80% compared to an alternative road transport route, but the partners want to go further.

Port of Montreal, Oceanex and QSL partnership

As part of this cooperation between the Port of Montreal, Oceanex and QSL, the partners will work on the implementation and use of other fuels and direct electrification technologies, while strengthening the sharing of information and data transparency, and by making joint representations to government agencies.

According to analyses, the carbon footprint of freight transport between the Port of Montreal and the Port of St. John’s could be reduced by 27,000 tonnes of diesel and 87,000 tonnes of GHG emissions per year.

Ensuring the energy transition

Given that the transportation sector is the second largest Source of GHG emissions in Canada, this project is part of a collective effort by stakeholders in the maritime transportation industry to accelerate the energy transition.

For example, the Port of Montreal has announced its objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2035 and is increasing initiatives to achieve this. For its part, QSL is committed to accelerating decarbonization by collaborating with stakeholders to identify and implement effective actions to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). As for Oceanex, the company has developed fleet plans and land plans that measure environmental performance allowing the development of a roadmap to minimize its environmental impact. Oceanex is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continually seeks opportunities to achieve its carbon-neutral shipping goals.

Internationally, this initiative is in line with the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the AIVP Agenda 2030. At the national level, it follows the Clydebank declaration ratified at COP26.

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