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www.joc.com Port Productivity Cover Story Special Report March 18 2019 | The Journal of Commerce 27 THE PORT OF Montreal has been able to reduce average dwell times but still has more work to do to bring them down to two days after a 12 percent year-over- year jump in January volume pushed the average time it takes to move a container from terminal to rail ramp to six days. "There is no doubt that we have tak- en steps to alleviate the situation," said Tony Boemi, vice president of growth and development at the Montreal Port Authority, adding that other factors that placed upward pressure on the dwell times included shortened work weeks because of the holiday period and a bunching up of vessels due to scheduling delays resulting from weather condi- tions. Fourth-quarter dwell times of four to four-and-a-half days were partly infl ated by the fact that 200 longshore- men hired since October had yet to fully join the workforce, he said. The port in February published monthly import dwell times for the fi rst time, in a move that provides consider- ably more information than is o ered by many ports. The report includes fi gures Montreal port confident its focus on workforce and rail fluidity issues will meet volume demands By Hugh R. Morley "We are also confident that the actions taken to deal with the increased volumes will set us on the right path to the level of fluidity that has been enjoyed in past years." Work is scheduled to begin in the fall on a project expected to improve dwell times by enabling the port to pre-assemble longer trains on the port's internal rail line. Shutterstock.com Growth pressures

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