Federal Kushiro was the first vessel to dock at the port of Trois-Rivières in 2021. The vessel, with its crew of 23 crew Indian nationals, left Alcoa’s calcined petroleum coke plant located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on December 19, 2020. Its cargo was destined for Alcoa’s Deschambault Smelter and was discharged by G3 Canada.

To receive the title of first vessel, the vessel must have arrived in Trois-Rivières from an overseas port without making a stopover at another Canadian port, and perform a loading or unloading operation at the port of Trois-Rivières.

On the occasion of the arrival of the first vessel of 2021, Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port presented traditional celebratory gifts to the Captain, Mr. Junes Cherian, and the Chief Engineer, Mr. Kumar Sanjay. Messrs. Cherian and Sanjay received a giclée reproduction of the painting Un port, une équipe, produced by Mauricie artist Caroline St Pierre, as well as baskets of regional products. Mr. Boivin also highlighted the contribution of the Port’s workers who handled the ship’s unloading activities who, despite the pandemic, have continued to be on the job.

Federal Kushiro is a bulk carrier built in 2004 sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands. During its stay in Trois-Rivières, it was represented by Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd.