MONTREAL, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Montreal Port Authority (MPA)
President and CEO Sylvie Vachon officially inaugurated the start of a
new year of activity at the Port of Montreal today by presenting the
Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar, of India,
master of the Federal Spey, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a
stopover in 2014. The Federal Spey left the Port of Maceió, in Brazil, on December 14. It crossed the Port
of Montreal's limits on January 1 at 2:00 p.m. Her arrival underlines
the fact that the Port of Montreal is open year-round to all
The event also allowed the MPA to recognize the work of Corporation du
Saint-Laurent Central pilots Daniel Perron and Michel Lavallée who
brought the vessel safely into port.
The MPA held a special celebration this year to mark the 175th
Gold-Headed Cane presentation ceremony and the 50th anniversary of
year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence River to and from Montreal.
The ceremony brought together numerous representatives of the maritime
industry and Montreal's business and cultural communities as well as
political figures including Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.
"This ceremony allows us to thank and pay tribute to all of our partners
and the entire maritime transportation industry that participates in
and contributes to port activity in Montreal," Ms. Vachon said.
Registered in the Marshall Islands, the Federal Spey is 190 metres long. Fednav operates the bulk vessel, which entered
service in 2012. Fednav is a Canadian company headquartered in
The Federal Spey is docked at Berth 46. The terminal is operated by Logistec Stevedoring
Inc., another Canadian company headquartered in Montreal. The ship was
carrying cargo destined for Lantic Sugar, a company that has been in
the eastern part of Montreal since 1888.
A good year for the Port of Montreal
According to preliminary statistics, the Port of Montreal handled some
28.1 million tonnes of cargo in 2013, down slightly from 2012 when
total traffic amounted to 28.4 million tonnes. Given that Europe - the
port's main overseas trading partner - is still experiencing an
economic slowdown, it is fair to say that 2013 was a good year for the
Port of Montreal. The year ended on a very promising note as the port
can now accommodate post-Panamax-type vessels. Moreover, the port has
also increased its container capacity by 200,000 TEUs (20-foot
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
Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in
economic spin-offs annually.
SOURCE: Montreal Port Authority
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Ms. Sophie Roux
Director of Communications
Montreal Port Authority
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