Montreal Port Authority President and CEO presents 180th Gold-Headed Cane

Montreal Port Authority President and CEO Sylvie Vachon awards the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Volodymyr Yurchenko.

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon awarded the famous Gold-Headed Cane to Volodymyr Yurchenko, a Ukraine national, Master of the Virginiaborg, the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2019. The Virginiaborg left the Port of Porsgrunn in Norway on December 20. It crossed the Port of Montreal’s limits on January 2 at 3:50 a.m. Awarding the Gold-Headed Cane marks the start of a new year of activity at the Port of Montreal, a port tradition since 1840.

“It was a great pleasure for us to present this year’s Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Volodymyr Yurchenko who, at the helm of the Virginiaborg, was the first to cross the limits of the Port of Montreal. We are proud to continue a tradition as emblematic of our history and the rich heritage connecting Montreal to its river. But the traditions do not prevent us from being resolutely forward-looking. More than ever, the Port of Montreal is in the lead as an innovative port that adapts emerging technologies to port logistics,” said Vachon.

The Virginiaborg is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by the Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. It docked at Berth 42 at the terminal operated by Logistec. The Virginiaborg unloaded an unusual cargo: thousands of metric tons of ferromanganese, a material used for the design and manufacture of high quality, ultra-resistant steel.

Andrea Lee