Belledune Port Authority (BPA) officially greeted Captain Sergiy Dolmatov, Master of MV Tundra, the first ship to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune in 2017.

Tundra is registered in Limassol, Cyprus and her last port of call before arriving in Belledune was Fortalexa, Brazil. The vessel’s agent is Calypso Marine Agency (CMA), represented by Robert Lagace. Tundra docked at the Port of Belledune on January 5, 2017, where the vessel loaded approximately 22,000 MT of wood pellets. Her next stop will be Hull, UK.

BPA’s Director of Marketing & Business Development, Jenna MacDonald, presented Captain Dolmatov with a commemorative gift at the Port Authority’s administrative offices.

“Wood pellets fall within our forestry sector which is a very important sector to the Port as it contributes to the development of its operations,” said Denis Caron, BPA President & CEO. “The forestry sector is one of our five key sectors. The other four include energy, agriculture, mining & minerals, and the modular sector.” In 2016 the port received a total of nine vessels that served the forestry sector. Within that same year, the port handled 226,304 MT of forestry cargo.

Tundra is the first of many vessels that are expected to lay anchor at the Port this year. Last year, the Port played host to 97 vessels, which is 26 more than it received in 2015. The port also handled approximately 2,027,431 MT of bulk cargo, which is up 14 per cent from the previous year.

“Here at Port of Belledune we are focused, and we are seeing results,” said Caron. “We will continue our efforts to enhance our capabilities, create new opportunities and encourage new development at the port and in Northern New Brunswick.”