Rare Vessel Naming Ceremony for Grieg Star Shipping at Canada Place
VANCOUVER, Oct. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver, government,
industry partners and key members from Norway's Grieg Star Shipping
gathered at Canada Place to hold a Naming Ceremony for the company's newest breakbulk vessel, the Star Lima. The ceremony is a special event in the marine industry.
"I am honoured to welcome Grieg Star's leadership team to Vancouver for
this very special occasion, the christening of their newest vessel, the
Star Lima," said Robin Silvester, President and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver.
"Hosting the event at Canada Place recognizes the important
relationship between Grieg Star and Port Metro Vancouver, and our
mutual commitment to efficient and reliable operations."
"Grieg Star is proud and excited to be here with our partners in
industry to celebrate the naming of this vessel. The Star Lima is the first ship of 10 forming part of the largest new ship building
program in the history of the Grieg Group," said President and CEO of
Grieg Star Shipping, Tom Rasmussen. "After more than 40 years of
servicing this coast; Grieg Star is growing to better serve our
partners to gain access to the markets they require. We continue to
demonstrate our commitment to providing competitive break bulk services
to Western Canada."
Grieg Star's modern fleet ships bulk metal and forest products through
the Vancouver Gateway. As the newest addition to Grieg Star's fleet,
the Star Lima demonstrates ongoing investment by Grieg Star in modern, specialized
forest carrier vessels, since it began calling Port Metro Vancouver
close to 50 years ago.
"Port Metro Vancouver's healthy export growth is clear proof that our
government's partnerships and investments have helped make the
Asia-Pacific Gateway the transportation link of choice between Canada
and Asia," said the Honourable Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia Pacific Gateway. "Grieg
Star's investment in this new vessel is just another example of the
economic benefits created by continuing to grow Canada's trade ties
throughout the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region."
"As our government continues to grow trade with the Asia Pacific Region,
it is world class companies like Grieg Star Shipping who help solidify
the reputation of British Columbia as the Gateway of choice to Asia,"
said the Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Transportation and
Infrastructure. "We are seeing continued growth in demand for British
Columbia's natural resources, like forestry products, in Asia. Thanks
to Grieg Star for their commitment to excellence in transportation,
British Columbia values your work as a critical part of our ongoing
The Star Lima is part of the most recent generation of open hatch vessels being
designed for Grieg Star. Fitted with four special cranes, each capable
of lifting 75 tonnes, the vessel offers flexibility to carry a variety
of cargoes in addition to forest products and metals.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified Port,
trading $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 nations, and
generating 129,500 jobs nationally.
Grieg Star Shipping AS is a part of the privately held Grieg group of companies, located in Bergen Norway. The company owns and operates 26
open-hatch general cargo vessels and has a new building program
involving the delivery of 12 new vessels by 2014.
SOURCE: Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Barbara Joy-Kinsella, Media Relations
Port Metro Vancouver
Main 604-665-9267 cell 604-219-8250
Vice President and General Manager, Grieg Star Vancouver