MEDIA ADVISORY - PortsToronto and Redpath Sugar Welcome the First Ship of the Season at the Annual Beaver Hat Ceremony

156 Year Tradition Celebrates the Opening of the 2017 Shipping Season
at the Port of Toronto

TORONTO, April 3, 2017 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, April 4, media are invited to join PortsToronto's Harbour Master Angus Armstrong and Redpath Sugar to celebrate the opening of the 2017 navigation season as the MV Brant arrives as the Port of Toronto's first ocean-going vessel of the year.

For the past 156 years, PortsToronto's Harbour Master has crowned the Captain of the first ship into the Port with an antique silk and beaver top hat. This year, the MV Brant won the race to be the first ship to Port, bringing more than 19,692 metric tonnes of sugar from Nicaragua's Corinto to Redpath Sugar, a company that has been crafting quality food products in Canada for more than 160 years.


MV Brant Captain Sergii Kurash and his crew will be welcomed at the Redpath Sugar plant and crowned with an antique silk and beaver top hat by Harbour Master Angus Armstrong. The ceremony marks the first ship to arrive in Toronto and the opening of the shipping season.

Following the ceremony, media will be invited on a tour of the ship and will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a working ocean freighter.


Angus Armstrong, Harbour Master, PortsToronto

MV Brant Captain Sergii Kurash

Phil Guglielmi, Refinery Manager, Redpath Sugar Ltd. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET


Aboard the MV Brant — Docked at Redpath Sugar Plant

95 Queens Quay East, at the front of Jarvis Street

(Entry through east-side security checkpoint)


Media are invited aboard the ship for the ceremony and to conduct interviews, take photos and/or video.


IMPORTANT: ALL WHO PLAN TO ATTEND MUST RSVP IN ADVANCE DUE TO SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS. Redpath and PortsToronto cannot permit access to individuals who have not pre-confirmed their attendance. Please RSVP to Sarah Sutton at:

*Proper media accreditation/photo identification is required.


  • Outdoor wear is recommended as this is a marine industrial environment (solid shoes, no high heels, dresses, etc.)
  • Paid parking is available at the Corus building (25 Dockside Drive) and north of Redpath Sugar at Loblaws
  • Lightweight equipment is recommended, as guests must climb a ladder to board the ship
  • Refreshments will be served


About PortsToronto (
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $9 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.

Redpath Sugar
Redpath Sugar Ltd, who markets and sells sugar products in Canada under the Redpath brand, is a part of ASR Group, the world's largest refiner of cane sugar. Redpath Sugar has been headquartered in and operating on the waterfront in Toronto, Ontario for more than 50 years where it crafts quality sugar products for consumers, food service outlets and food manufacturers throughout Canada. The company also operates a dry blending and packaging plant in Belleville, Ontario. This location co-manufactures major retail brands and private label products, such as sweetened iced tea, hot chocolate, and other sugar containing products for Canadian and export markets. Redpath is proud to provide more than 275 jobs in Canada.

SOURCE PortsToronto

For further information: Media Contacts: PortsToronto: Sarah Sutton, Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail:; Redpath Sugar: Nancy Gavin, Manager, Brand Development, E-mail:


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