On April 10th the first ocean-going vessel (salty) of the year arrived into the port of Windsor, kicking off the long-anticipated 2015 shipping season, which started a week later than normal due to heavy ice conditions in the Great Lakes. MV Floragracht – 137 metres long and 19 meters wide – docked at Morterm Limited where crews discharged her cargo, before she continued her voyage into Lake Erie.

“It’s always a bit of a celebration when the first salty arrives. We like to welcome the Captain and his crew to our port as a gesture of goodwill,” said Peter Berry, Harbourmaster. “Having Morterm, the only general cargo terminal at the port, as part of our port landscape is critical. Morterm has made significant investments into specialized cargo handling equipment over the years, and its experience makes this terminal a premier Midwest distribution point for wind components as well as steel and bulk cargo.”

“The first salty is symbolic for Morterm and for the community,” says Teresa Boutet, Vice-President of Morterm. “Not only does it let us know spring is finally here, but it marks the arrival of vital materials for local businesses, and the start of another work season for our longshoremen, stevedores, truckers and businesses that depend on the Terminal.”