Recently, there was a free interactive exhibition in Montreal’s Port Centre.
Guests—through a digital and physical adventure—were able to learn more about port activities and trades by visiting eight stations which, were designed for ages seven and up.
The following is an overview of the stops:
- The first station invited people to choose a task: organize the import or export of goods and bring them to their destination by choosing one of three main types of goods, namely containers, dry or liquid bulk (Mission).
- What activities happen daily at the Port? In this stop, one discovered how diversified the fleet is that calls at the Port and how the area compares to other ports, in the world. Guests were invited to plan their trip and see the results of the simulation on a big screen (Logistics).
- Sailing on the St. Lawrence is a unique and difficult experience. Visitors got to go around the obstacles by experimenting with the guidance simulator (Navigation).
- With the advances in technology, the stevedores’ work has considerably changed. They now use a range of equipment to transship goods, which can be discovered through a game that calls on visitors’ dexterity (Stevedoring).
- The Port’s expansion is fascinating due to an ‘augmented reality’ (AR) map of the area, the full extent of this growth could be seen in the development of its infrastructure (Port Facilities).
- What actions are taken by the Port team to preserve its surroundings? By crossing an ‘environmental container’ visitors were able to discover how ships power up (electronically) dockside and the measures taken to prevent spills (Environment).
- Freight transport at the Port is also done by truck and train. Thorough co-ordination of all these means of transport is not so easy, but it is necessary to efficiently route the cargo (Land Transport).
- The journey ended after the goods were delivered. This was the opportunity to discover the importance of shipping and port activity in daily life (Goods).
The course of the journey was marked out with video clips showcasing key trades in port and marine activities.
A complementary historical exhibition was on display at the Grand Quay, on the ground floor in the corridor of Terminal one, where visitors discovered the region’s history.
The exhibition comprised:
- Scale models of ships representing the types of vessels calling into the area from the past and present such as the Titanic.
- A large mural illustrated the history of freight transport under various themes.
- A huge wallcovering on passenger transport.
- A timeline on the Promenade d’Iberville (the green roof) retraced the major stages of the Port’s development, key players, and innovations over time.