MONTREAL, Jan. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), welcomed
Saturday morning Captain Vikram Manchanda, Master of the M. V. Power,
and his crew. By crossing the Port of Montreal's downstream limits at
Sorel at 01:01 a.m., the M. V. Power became the first ocean-going
vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2011.
During a brief ceremony held aboard the ship, Ms. Vachon congratulated
the whole crew and took the occasion to highlight the Port's importance
to the economy of Canada, Quebec and Montreal in particular. She
toasted the future of merchant shipping and a new year of commercial
navigation to the Port of Montreal.
Flying the Bermuda flag, the M. V. Power is a containership operated by
Hapag-Lloyd, represented in Montreal by the Robert Reford agency. The
M. V. Power left the Port of Lisbon in Portugal on December 23 and
docked this morning in Montreal at Cast Terminal operated by Montreal
Gateway Terminals Partnership.
During an official ceremony on Tuesday, January 4th, Captain Manchanda
will receive the Gold-Headed Cane, a highly prized trophy awarded each
year to the captain of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port
of Montreal without a stopover.
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
- non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading
container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the
The Port of Montreal owns its own rail network, operated directly on the
piers. It is connected to the two nationwide railways and the highway
system. The Port also operates its own grain terminal and a marine
passenger terminal that welcomed more than 48,000 passengers and crew
members in 2010. All the other terminals are operated by private
stevedoring firms. Port activity supports 18,200 jobs and generates
$1.5 billion in economic spin-offs per year.
Photos of the ship and the Captain will be posted on CNW early
SOURCE MONTREAL PORT AUTHORITY
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