The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) officially greeted Capt. Piotr Wysocki, master of the M.T. Aurora, the first ship to lay anchor at the Port of Belledune in 2012. The Aurora is registered in the Majuro and its last port of call before arriving in Belledune was Port of Morehead City, N.C. The vessel’s agent is Fundy Shipping Ltd. represented by Nicole Boudreau. The ship docked at the Port of Belledune on January 10 where it loaded sulfuric acid destined for the Port of Pasadena, Texas.

Rayburn Doucett, President and CEO of the BPA, presented Capt. Wysocki with a commemorative gift at a ceremony held at the Belledune Port Authority’s administrative offices.

Mr. Doucett took the opportunity to welcome the captain to the port as well as thank the staff and board of directors for their continuous support. 

“2011 was an excellent year that saw the completion of our infrastructure projects. Our modern equipment and infrastructure now include a new barge terminal, a new roll on-roll off terminal and a new Modular Component Fabrication Facility,” he said. “We are eagerly beginning 2012 with some exciting business development opportunities on the horizon and a focus on marketing our new infrastructure.”

Many business people were present including the BPA Chairman, Barry Kyle; two board members, Claude Doucet and Albert Doucet; representatives of the Village of Belledune including Deputy Mayor Emmie Flanagan, Mayor Gilberte Boudreau of Nigadoo, and Hugh Comeau; representative of the city of Bathurst. Representatives from Xstrata, Donald Roy from Eastern Canada Stevedoring and other partners also attended the ceremony.