Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon officially inaugurated the start of a new year of activity at Port of Montreal today by presenting the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Deepinder Singh, of India, master of the Mississauga Express, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the port without a stopover in 2013. The Mississauga Express left Port of Lisboa, in Portugal, on December 24, and arrived at the Port’s limits on January 3 at 1:12 a.m. Her arrival highlights the fact that the Port of Montreal is open year-round to all transoceanic vessels.

The 174th Gold-Headed Cane ceremony brought together numerous representatives of the maritime industry and Montreal’s business community. The event also allowed MPA to recognize the work of Corporation du Saint-Laurent Central pilots Onil Jean and Jacques Vigneault who brought the vessel safely into port.

The Bermuda-registered container-ship is 245 metres long, and is operated by shipping line Hapag Lloyd. The vessel, which entered service in 1998, was docked at Racine Terminal, operated by Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership.