The Port of Montreal has welcomed the largest petroleum tanker to have ever visited the port. The MT Overseas Portland
, carrying 475,000 barrels of crude oil, arrived from St. James, La., on Thursday.
Beginning in May, the maximum width of vessels allowed to sail into the Quebec-Montreal section of the St. Lawrence channel increased to 144 feet from 105 feet because of a Canadian Coast Guard decision following a study by the Montreal Port Authority and pilot authorities.
Built in 2012, the 112,139-deadweight-tonne MT Overseas Portland
is 820 feet long and 144 feet wide.