Port of Sept-Îles hands out 30th cane to first ship of the year
The M/V AM Krakow, a Marshall Islands-registered vessel sailing from Ghent, Belgium was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles, Quebec this year, at 3:50 a.m. January 1. The vessel arrived empty and docked at IOC Rio Tinto dock No. 2. She set sail again January 9 with 78,580 tons of iron ore destined for Ghent.
During a short ceremony, Pierre D. Gagnon, President & CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles, as well as Thierry Martel, Chief Operations Officer of IOC Rio Tinto and Maurice McClure, Vice President, Finance and Strategy, presented Captain Maini Ashish with the prestigious cane bearing the Port of Sept-Îles insignia.
This tradition, now in its 30th year, marks the arrival of the first ship of the year to call the port and highlights the importance of the maritime industry for the region’s economic activity. To be eligible, the vessel must come directly from a foreign port and be bound for a destination outside the country without making any other calls at a Canadian port.