Port of Montreal welcomes first ocean-going vessel of 2014

The Federal Spey, is a bulk carrier (full of bulk sugar) operated by the canadian shipping line Fednav International, is the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2014. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)

Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar and Ms Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority. Captain Chodankar will be awarded the 2014 Gold-Headed Cane on January 3 during an official ceremony to be held at Montreal Port Authority Headquarters. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)

MONTREAL, Jan. 1, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - By crossing the Port of Montreal's downstream limits at Sorel at 2:02 p.m., the Marshall Island flagged Federal Spey became the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2014.

The Federal Spey, under the command of Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar, is a bulk carrier (full of bulk sugar) operated by shipping line Fednav International, represented in Montreal by agents Fednav Ltd. The Federal Spey had left the Port of the Port of Maceió in Brazil on December 14.

Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar will receive the Gold-Headed Cane during an official ceremony on Friday, January 3. The Port presents the trophy at the beginning of each New Year to the captain of the first ship to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This very special ceremony will mark the 175th anniversary of this great maritime world tradition, as well as the 50th anniversary of year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence River to Montreal.

175TH Ceremony of the Gold-Headed Cane
When : January 3, at 11:00

Where :


Salle Dominic J. Taddeo
Port of Montreal Building                          
2100 Pierre-Dupuy Avenue, Wing 1
Montreal             

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods - containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world.

The Port of Montreal handled 1,375,327 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2012, representing 12,032,966 tonnes of cargo.

The port also handled 9,721,422 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,467,394 tonnes of dry bulk and 3,070,054 tonnes of grain in 2012.

The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 69,992 passengers and crew members in 2012. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.

Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs annually.

SOURCE Montreal Port Authority

Image with caption: "The Federal Spey, is a bulk carrier (full of bulk sugar) operated by the canadian shipping line Fednav International, is the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2014. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140101_C6960_PHOTO_EN_35282.jpg

Image with caption: "Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar and Ms Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority. Captain Chodankar will be awarded the 2014 Gold-Headed Cane on January 3 during an official ceremony to be held at Montreal Port Authority Headquarters. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140101_C6960_PHOTO_EN_35285.jpg


For further information:

SOURCE: 
Ms. Sophie Roux
Director of Communications
Montreal Port Authority

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