M/V AM Krakow, a Marshall Islands registered vessel, sailing from Ghent, Belgium, was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles this year, at 3:50 a.m. on January 1, 2017. The vessel arrived empty and docked on January 8 at IOC Rio Tinto dock Nº 2. It set sail again on January 9 with 78,580 tons of iron ore destined for Ghent, Belgium.

During a short ceremony, Mr. Pierre D. Gagnon, President & CEO of Port of Sept-Îles, as well as Mr. Thierry Martel, Chief Operations Officer of IOC Rio Tinto and Mr. Maurice McClure, Vice President, Finance and Strategy, presented Captain Maini Ashish with the prestigious cane bearing the Port of Sept-Îles insignia.

This tradition, now in its 30th year, marks the arrival of the first ship of the year to call the port, and highlights the importance of the maritime industry for our region’s economic activity. To be eligible, the vessel must come directly from a foreign port and be bound for a destination outside the country without making any other calls at a Canadian Port.