Port of Sept-Îles welcomes first ship of the year

From left: Benoit Méthot, General Manager, Rail & Port, IOC Rio Tinto; Triantafyllou Markos, Chief Engineer, M/V New Explorer; Pierre D. Gagnon, President & CEO, Port of Sept-Îles; Sfikas Polychronis, Second Chief Engineer, M/V New Explorer; Captain Ioannis Kantounias, M/V New Explorer; Lucie Lessard, President, Seamen’s Center; and Jean Masse, Deputy Mayor, Ville de Sept-Îles.

The M/V New Explorer, a Liberian-registered vessel, sailing from Egypt, was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles this year at 8 a.m. January 5. The vessel arrived in ballast and set sail again January 6 with 77,000 tons of iron ore from IOC Rio Tinto destined for Ghent, Belgium.

During a short ceremony, Pierre D. Gagnon, President & CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles, presented Captain Ioannis Kantounias with the prestigious cane bearing the Port of Sept-Îles insignia.

Several gifts were also offered to the Captain by Jean Masse, Deputy Mayor of Sept-Îles, as well as by Benoit Méthot, General Manager, Rail & Port of IOC Rio Tinto.

This tradition, now in its 31st year, marks the arrival of the first ship of the year to call the port. 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.

Maritime Editorial