Spectacular operation at the Port of Montreal

    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Bickerdike Basin at the Port of
Montreal was the theatre for a spectacular operation at the start of the
afternoon. A 784 tonne vacuum tower measuring 50.6 metres long, 16.8 metres
wide and 13 metres in diameter was transhipped from a specialized vessel that
came from Spain onto a barge that will bring it to Burns Harbor, Indiana, on
the south shore of Lake Michigan.
    Used by the oil industry to process crude oil, this piece of equipment -
one of the largest ever to transit through the Port of Montreal - was loaded
in Spain onto the M.V. Jumbo Javelin. The Jumbo Javelin is part of the fleet
of 14 heavy lift ships from Netherlands-based Jumbo Shipping, a specialist in
the transportation of non-standard parts.
    The Jumbo Javelin, which can carry loads of up to 1,800 tonnes, has
deadweight of 15,022 tonnes. It is equipped with two 900 tonne cranes, has
3,100 m2 of free deck space for the loads to be carried and can navigate at
speeds of up to 17 knots. The Jumbo Javelin left Avila, Spain on May 22.
    The barge belongs to Canal Barge Company, based in Louisiana. It will be
brought to Burns Harbour by a tugboat from the Ontario company Mckeil Marine.
    The Bickerdike Terminal is operated by the Empire Stevedoring Company.
Jumbo Shipping is represented in Montreal by Montship Inc.

    About the Montreal Port Authority

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) operates the world's largest inland
port. It is a leader among container ports, handling 26 million tonnes of
cargo annually. In 2008, the Port of Montreal handled more than 1,473,000 TEUs
(twenty-foot equivalent units). The Port of Montreal operates its own rail
network, providing direct access to berths, and is linked to two major
railways and a highway system. It also operates a grain terminal and a marine
passenger terminal. All other terminals are operated by private stevedoring
firms. Through its activities, the Port of Montreal generates 18,200 jobs and
$1.5 billion in economic spin-offs every year.

                     Vessel name :     JUMBO JAVELIN
                     Flag :            HOLLANDE
                     Class :           Ocean-going vessel
                     Tonnage (GRT) :   15022
                     ETD :             2009/06/02
                     Agent :           Montship Inc.
                     Berth :           SEC B-3

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Paul Lejeune, Director of Communications,
(514) 283-7050, Fax: (514) 283-0829, lejeunejp@port-montreal.com;

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