Montreal Port Authority President and CEO Sylvie Vachon was pleased to award the Port’s famous Gold-Headed Cane to Volodymyr Yurchenko, of Ukraine, Master of Virginiaborg, the first ocean-going vessel to reach the port without a stopover in 2019. Virginiaborg left the Norwegian port of Porsgrunn on December 20. It crossed Port of Montreal’s limits on January 2 at 3:50 a.m. As in every year, the awarding of the Gold-Headed Cane marks the start of a new year of activity at the port, and has been a port tradition since 1840!Virginiaborg is a bulk carrier operated by Wagenborg Shipping and represented in Montreal by Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd. It docked at Berth 42 at the terminal operated by Logistec. Virginiaborg stayed for a few days, the time it took to unload an unusual cargo: thousands of tonnes of ferromanganese, a material that is mainly used to produce hardened, high-strength and wear-resistant steel.