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Environmental Excellence Award for the Port of Montreal

June 17, 2015

The Port of Montreal won the Environmental Excellence Award for the Eastern Region awarded by the Canadian International Freight Forwards Association (CIFFA). The award recognizes the project to reclaim contaminated soil through a Solidification/Stabilization during redevelopment of the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal. The award was presented to Hugo Brassard, the engineer responsible for the project at the Port of Montreal, on June 12 at the Forwarders Celebrating Associates (FCA) Gala Dinner in Montreal. The MPA has literally been breaking new ground with its land recovery and reuse project within the port’s Viau sector. A large and mobile soil encapsulation plant has crushed the existing poor soils and mixing them with cement to create a base stable enough to support intermodal containers in a nine-hectare (22-acre) area. The process has facilitated the reuse of 44,000 tonnes of poor soil that would otherwise have to be removed and transported to a landfill site. The encapsulation process has also eliminated the need to purchase and deliver high-quality backfill material to create a solid base. The pioneering approach has saved a minimum of 170 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.