MONTREAL, Jan. 3, 2013 /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 Deepinder Singh, of India, master of the
Mississauga Express, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of
Montreal without a stopover in 2013. The Mississauga Express left the
Port of Lisboa, in Portugal, on December 24. It crossed the Port of
Montreal's limits on January 3 at 1:12 a.m. Her arrival highlights the
fact that the Port of Montreal is open year-round to all transoceanic
The 174th Gold-Headed Cane ceremony brought together numerous
representatives of the maritime industry and Montreal's business
community. The event also allowed the MPA to recognize the work of
Corporation du Saint-Laurent Central pilots Onil Jean and Jacques
Vigneault who brought the vessel safely into port.
The Bermuda-registered container-ship is 245 metres long. Shipping line
Hapag-Lloyd operates the vessel, which entered service in 1998. It is
docked at RacineTerminal, operated by Montreal Gateway Terminals
Another good year for the Port of Montreal
The economic slowdown in the majority of western countries had an effect
on cargo transportation activities in 2012. "Despite the difficult
world economic context, the Port still managed to maintain its
cargo-handling volumes at 28.4 million tonnes, according to preliminary
estimates, compared to our record-setting total of 28.5 million tonnes
in 2011. Under the circumstances, we can certainly say that we
performed quite well," Ms. Vachon said.
During her speech, Ms. Vachon paid tribute to Mariners' House of
Montreal, which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. Mariners'
House welcomes seafarers from around the world when their vessels are
docked in port. "This organization recreates for these men and women a
family atmosphere that is both warm and welcoming. It's a home away
from home for seafarers who are separated from their families for long
periods of time," Ms. Vachon said.
To highlight the anniversary, and in recognition of the care that
Mariners' House provides to seafarers while they are in Montreal, the
Port of Montreal distributed 1,300 specially made tuques to mariners
who visited the Port during the month of December. Port of Montreal
partners also purchased some 812 tuques. Profits from those sales,
totalling $3,248, went directly to Mariners' House.
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. In 2011, 1,362,975 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent
units) were handled at the Port of Montreal, representing 12,471,002
tonnes of cargo.
The Port also handled 10,760,649 tonnes of liquid bulk, 3,431,811 tonnes
of dry bulk, and 1,741,035 tonnes of grain in 2011.
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 38,031 passengers and
crew members in 2011. All other terminals are run by private
Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in
economic spin-offs annually
Image with caption: "Mr. Deepinder Singh, Captain of the Mississauga Express, first transatlantic ship to reach the Port of Montreal in 2013 (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130103_C3919_PHOTO_EN_22277.jpg
Image with caption: "The Mississauga Express, the first transatlantic ship to reach the Port of Montreal in 2013. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130103_C3919_PHOTO_EN_22261.jpg
Image with caption: "Mr. Deepinder Singh, Captain of the Mississauga Express, first transatlantic ship to reach the Port of Montreal in 2013. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130103_C3919_PHOTO_EN_22265.jpg
Image with caption: "Proudly wearing the Port of Montreal tuque, Mr. Jean-Luc Bédard, Vice-President, Operations and Port of Montreal Harbour Master with Mr. Deepinder Singh, Captain of the Mississauga Express, first transatlantic ship to reach the Port of Montreal in 2013. (CNW Group/Montreal Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130103_C3919_PHOTO_EN_22263.jpg
SOURCE: Montreal Port Authority
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