The Port of Montreal launches its international request for qualifications

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) launched the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the project’s Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM). With a goal to enter a long-term agreement to design the Contrecœur terminal, the RFQ will remain open to national and international industry players for the next three months.

Located in an industrial zone, the Contrecœur land reserve was acquired 30+ years ago by the Montreal Port Authority and has been the focus of collaborative planning to support the development of the supply chain in Quebec and Eastern Canada.

“The future Contrecœur container terminal will play a mission-critical role in developing the strategic St. Lawrence trade corridor and in supplying Quebec, Ontario and the U.S. Midwest. It will be a green, modern and innovative terminal with facilities that feature extensive electrification. Our goal is to make it a world-class infrastructure and we seek partners who share our vision, our values and our ambitions,” says Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MPA.

Bidders must demonstrate experience in the design, construction and operation of new port infrastructure and, among other criteria, in generating new shipping volumes. The conditions specified in the Decision Statement issued by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada must also be met.

This is another milestone in achieving the largest expansion project in the history of the Port of Montreal. The project has support from both levels of government, a favourable report from the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency, and a decision statement from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change allowing the project to proceed.

This stage of the procurement process will make it possible to select up to three bidders to participate in the Request for Proposals, set to begin in the second quarter of 2022.

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