MONTREAL, Que.– Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon officially inaugurated the start of a new year of activity at the Port of Montreal this week by presenting the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Jun Eric Aljo Dalipe, master of the Vigorous, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2016.
The Vigorous left the Port of Sohar, Oman, on November 30. It crossed the Port of Montreal’s limits on January 1 at 5:21 a.m.
The event also allowed the MPA to recognize the work of Corporation du Saint-Laurent Central pilots Pierre Labelle and Pierre Audette, who brought the vessel safely into port, the port said.
The 177th Gold-Headed Cane presentation Ceremony brought together numerous representatives of the maritime industry andMontreal’s business and cultural communities as well as political figures including The Honourable Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, Quebec Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, Mr Jean D’Amour, and Mr Aref Salem, City Councillor and Member of the Executive Committee in charge of transportation.
Sylvie Vachon highlighted the demanding work of master mariners, as well as the huge appeal the Gold-Headed Cane has for those who call at the Port of Montreal: “This trophy is still and always will be seriously coveted by ship masters from around the world who sail to our waters.”
Registered in the Marshall Islands, the Vigorous is 180 metres long. Vigorous Trading and Shipping operates the bulk carrier, which entered service in 2013.
The Vigorous is docked at berth # 1 at Contrecœur. The terminal is operated by Logistec.