Captain Lorincz combines seafaring with surfing giant waves

By William Hryb

Who said you can’t be an elite world surfer and a seasoned ship master.  Well, this is exactly what Capt. Tamas Lorincz of MV Industrial Swift carries as his moniker. Born in landlocked Hungary in 1978, the gangly six foot seven inch giant is a man who not only takes chances with dangerous surfs, he commands a state of the art multi-purpose bulk carrier.

Arriving late in the evening, from Duluth, Minnesota on Friday July 26th, the Hungarian captain, along with his pilot by his side, maneuvered the bright blue hulled 12,328-tonne vessel safely into her lay-by berth, Keefer Terminal, located in the middle of the port. Even though the crew had to quickly prepare the vessel for grain loading, they welcomed the opportunity to be close by to the hustle and bustle of Thunder Bay. (more…)

Captain Sarah Lewis, a trailblazer

By William Hryb

Captain Sarah Lewis is no pushover. After all, the responsibilities of a tugboat captain are numerous, to say the least, and an error in judgment has the potential of being catastrophic. For Lewis, the hazards and dangers of operating a tugboat is a constant reminder that the health and safety of her crew is fundamental to her profession. Entrusted to her is the safe docking and undocking of massive ships that frequent the port of Thunder Bay. The diminutive and cherubic looking mariner is all business and her appearance belies the importance of her position in a male dominated industry. Sarah Lewis is a trailblazer – a young woman who has followed a road less travelled. This is her story. (more…)

Report on Thunder Bay’s “Opening of Navigation” luncheon

By William Hryb

A gala luncheon on April 5th marked the opening of the 2018 shipping season for the port of Thunder Bay. The event, sponsored by Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was sold out, with port, city and waterfront user groups in attendance. To celebrate the occasion, Julie Lambert, the newly minted ‘head of the Commercial team at Canada Steamship Lines’ was on hand as the keynote speaker. (more…)

Report on ACPA Conference held in Thunder Bay

By William Hryb

From September 6 to 9, Port of Thunder Bay showcased its natural harbour and vital maritime link discovered by explorers such as Radisson & Groseilliers some three and a half centuries ago. On the occasion of the 58th annual ACPA Conference (Association of Canadian Port Authorities), the Port illustrated in exemplary fashion that its facilities represent a truly superior gateway and vital lifeline to Eastern markets for Western Canada and beyond.

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Christening of CWB Marquis

By William Hryb

There was palpable excitement in the air as Thunder Bay port officials and guests gathered at Mission Terminal Limited to witness the christening of MV CWB Marquis on Wednesday July 22, 2015. The lake vessel is named after the historic “Marquis” wheat variety, the first wheat variety bred specifically for the short Canadian growing season, whose consistent quality and yield set the stage for Canada to become a prominent wheat exporter. Dayna Spiring, CWB’s Chief Strategy Officer declared, “I dedicate this ship, the motor vessel CWB Marquis. May God guard her, and guide her, and keep all those who sail in her.” With those poetic words CWB colours were lowered and a bottle of champagne came crashing on the ship’s bow. The mammoth 39,400 metric tonne vessel, built in Nantong, China, was launched on July 8, 2014 and arrived at Montreal on Jan. 8, 2015 after a 15,800 nautical mile voyage. The ship is managed by Algoma Central Corporation on behalf of CWB, and will carry a wide variety of grain cargoes, mainly from Thunder Bay to St. Lawrence ports where cargoes will be transshipped for export around the world. The pride of the fleet is the third new Equinox Class bulk carrier.

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Thunder Bay Terminal operations

By William Hryb

Thunder Bay’s strategic location has made the region a natural meeting and trading site as far back as the Paleo-Indian civilization 11,000 years ago. The first Europeans arrived in the 17th century establishing a series of fur trading posts, and in 1803 the North West Company founded Fort William. Later in the century, Prince Arthur’s Landing (Port Arthur) was established, just a few miles from Fort William, sparking a rivalry that would last until 1970 when the two cities were amalgamated into Thunder Bay. The region developed into a vital transportation center for shipping enormous quantities of grain, potash and coal. Recently, project cargoes destined for Western Canada have added to Thunder Bay’s high profile.

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