March 21, 2023

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Suez Canal | Effects on Quebec

Suez Canal |  Effects on Quebec

(Montreal) Traffic disruption on the Suez Canal in Egypt will have an impact up to Quebec, we already know that this event will cause delays in commercial operations.

Vicky Fragasso-Marquis
The Canadian Press

A huge isolated container ship was stranded for several days on this crucial waterway for international trade. As of Sunday morning, more than 320 boats from the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea were waiting to cross the canal, the canal service agency Let Agency said.

The Port of Montreal “certainly” hopes that this situation will delay ships sailing across the canal, transporting them to Europe and then going to the metropolis to deliver the goods.

As the port of Montreal is connected to the continent by the Suez or Panama canals, goods from Asia will be affected, explained Melanie Nadeau, Director of Communications at the Port of Montreal, via email.

About 25% of the port trade comes from Asia, she said.

Many products are distributed from Asia, including clothing, electronics and construction equipment. On the export side, it is affected by delays in the transport of grain, pulp and paper, as well as forest products.

“It is currently not possible to estimate the impact of the blockade of the Suez Canal for the port of Montreal,” Mr said.To me Walk. We are closely examining the consequences. ”

At the port of Quebec, the portrait is currently less critical. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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“On the other hand, if it continues for two to three months, there can be some repercussions,” said Frederick Lagake, a Quebec port spokesman.

“(In Montreal) they are more on the container, more on us, because what we are doing right now in the port of Quebec is a solid and liquid group, for these goods, in the short term horizon, there is no significant impact. ”

According to the rescue expert who was interviewed by the Associated Press, Release Freighter Given anytime At best it takes a week to work. Nick Sloane, who led large-scale efforts to rescue the Costa Concordia cruise ship in 2012, said the ship was facing construction problems due to its awkward position.