The following is the text of a news release from the Port of Montreal:
(MONTREAL) — By crossing the downstream limits of the Port of Montreal at Sorel at 11:55 a.m. Monday, Ottawa Express became the first oceangoing vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2018.
Ottawa Express, under the command of Capt. Rakesh Kumar, is a containership operated by Hapag-Lloyd and represented in Montreal by the Robert Reford Agency. Ottawa Express left the Port of Liverpool, England, on Dec. 21. It docked late afternoon at Berth 77 at Cast Terminal operated by Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, after braving the freezing weather of this beginning of the year.
On Wednesday, as part of an official ceremony, Kumar will receive the Gold-Headed Cane, a trophy awarded each year to the master of the first oceangoing vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. This ceremony will mark the 179th anniversary of this great tradition in the shipping community.
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second-largest port in Canada and a diversified trans-shipment center 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 shipping lines in the world. The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside and is connected to the two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a cruise terminal and a port center.
The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic benefits annually.