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Quebec invests $8.7 million in intelligent marine transportation systems

May 20, 2023

Four Green Marine members have had their intelligent marine transportation projects partially funded by the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable, as part of Avantage Saint-Laurent, Quebec's maritime vision. In total, the Quebec government will invest $8.7 million in the development of the St. Lawrence Smart Corridor.

The Société Terminaux Montréal Gateway’s Mercure project, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to replace manual planning of container movements and ensure traceability, is receiving $4.8 million in financial assistance from the Quebec government. The project will eventually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,200 tonnes annually.

Another $2.7 million has been allocated to the CSL Group for its project to develop a ship voyage optimization model. By using AI to estimate the arrival time and fuel consumption of ships, the CSL Group believes it can help to further reduce maritime transportation’s environmental footprint in Quebec.

The Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (SODES) has been awarded a $750,000 grant to conduct an opportunity study for the deployment of cutting-edge collaborative technologies that will make river transportation both safer and more competitive.

Quebec has also granted $478,220 to the Laurentian Pilotage Authority for Phase 3 of its optimized pilotage services project, which will ensure the uninterrupted passage of vessels sailing between Montreal and les Escoumins on the St. Lawrence River’s North Shore, which will result in ships consuming less fuel.