MONTREAL, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), today
officially inaugurated the start of a new year of activities at the
Port of Montreal by awarding the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain
Fuerstenberg of Germany, Master of the Seasprat, the first ocean-going
vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2012. The
Seasprat left the Port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, on December
20. She entered the limits of the Port of Montreal on January 2 at
06:04 PM. Her arrival highlights the fact that the Port is open
year-round to all transoceanic vessels.
This 173rd awarding ceremony of the Gold-Headed Cane brought together a
great many representatives of the marine industry and the Montreal
business community. The event also allowed the MPA to salute the work
of the pilots from the Corporation du Saint-Laurent Central, Messrs.
Lavallée and Foisy, who brought the vessel safely in to port.
Flying the German flag, the Seasprat measures 188 metres long. Operated
by German Tanker Shipping, this oil tanker was launched in 2007. She is
docked at berth 103,
A record year in 2011
For the Port of Montreal, the year 2011 was a very good year: According
to our preliminary data, the total volume of cargo handled at the Port,
all traffic combined, is expected to be up just over 9%, bringing it to
28 million tonnes and making 2011 a record year at the Port of
Montreal, stated Ms. Vachon.
In her speech, Ms. Vachon cited several anniversaries in the marine
industry that were celebrated in 2011 or will be celebrated during
2012: the 120th anniversary at the Port of Montreal of shipping company
Hag-Lloyd, whose Canadian head office is in Montreal, the 50th
anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Coast Guard, which ensures
secure year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence, the 40th anniversary
of the creation of the Laurentian Pilotage Authority whose mandate is
to ensure the security of navigation in the obligatory pilotage zones
between Les Escoumins and Montreal, the 30th anniversary of the launch
of the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service, jointly run by the Hapag-Lloyd
and OOCL shipping lines and that connects the Port of Montreal to the
ports of Northern Europe, and the 25th anniversary of the St. Lawrence
Economic Development Council. t-Laurent. "All these anniversaries show
how deeply the marine industry, from Montreal to the mouth of the
river, has been anchored in the community for many, many years… and is
more vibrant than ever," she stated.
About the Montreal Port Authority
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 seven of the ten largest
container shipping lines in the world.
The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the
piers. It is connected to the Canadian National (CN) and Canadian
Pacific (CP) rail networks.
All terminals are privately operated, except for the passenger terminal,
which is managed by the port authority. Port activity supports 18,200
jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs per year.
SOURCE PORT OF MONTREAL
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