Port of Three Rivers welcomes first ocean-going vessel of 2018, the Lowlands Opal
The Lowlands Opal is the first ocean-going vessel from an overseas port to dock at the Port of Three Rivers in 2018. It reached the port at 1:10 p.m. January 4, following a 16-day non-stop Atlantic voyage. The vessel, with its 20 crew members of Indian and Filipino nationality, left the port of Sao Luis in Brazil December 19, 2017 with a cargo of 42,500 metric tons of alumina for the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Deschambault.
Luc Arvisais, Vice-Chairman of the Three Rivers Port Authority Board of Directors, said: “To receive the title, the vessel must arrive in Three Rivers from an overseas port without making a stopover and perform a loading or unloading operation at the port.”
During the 52nd ceremony marking the arrival of the first vessel of the year at the Port of Three Rivers, the Captain and Chief Engineer of the Lowlands Opal, Sanjay Pharasi and Pardeep Singh, were presented with a giclée reproduction of the painting “À bon port,” produced by Mauricie artist Caroline St-Pierre.
Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Three Rivers Port Authority, pointed out that 2017 marks 25 years of partnership between G3 Canada Ltd., which operates the terminal, the Three Rivers Port Authority and Alcoa, for supplying the Deschambault plant. Boivin said: “Today’s ceremony is a great opportunity to highlight that the Lowlands Opal has completed its 22nd crossing with alumina. This is also the second time the vessel has achieved the feat of being the first vessel at the Port of Three Rivers, when in 2009 it arrived January 7.”