Port of Sept-Îles welcomes its first ship of the year

The M/V Frontier Voyager, a Panama registered vessel sailing from Kimistu in Japan, was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles this year at 3 p.m. on January 9. The vessel arrived in ballast and set sail on January 22 with 170,000 metric tons of iron ore from IOC Rio Tinto Mining Company destined for Rotterdam in Holland.

During a short ceremony, Pierre Gagnon, President and CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles, presented Captain Paeg Sung Hon with the prestigious cane bearing the port insignia.

Several gifts were also offered to the Captain by Réjean Porlier, Mayor of the City of Sept-Îles, as well as by Benoit Méthot, General Manager Port and Railway QNS&L, IOC Rio Tinto Mining Company, Lucie Lessard, President of the Seamen’s Center and Pierre Côté, Chairman of the Port of Sept-Îles.

This tradition, now in its 32nd 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.

Andrea Lee