On Thursday, June 15 M/V Vega Rose completed the loading of 48,069 metric tonnes of corn from G3’s Trois-Rivières port terminal. The previous record in Trois-Rivières was set by M/V St-Matthew in 2004, loading 41,747 metric tonnes. The new record is due in part to the high water depth this year, currently measuring 12 metres, 1.2 metres above normal. The configuration of the M/V Vega Rose was ideal for maximizing cargo intake, which has been loading corn received from local producers since June 13. It will be leaving port for Spain, a trip of around 10 days.

Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of TRPA, explained that all the necessary conditions were in place for setting this new record. “The port facilities must have the logistical capacity to receive the trucks carrying the corn. To load the vessel’s five holds, around 1,300 trucks were required over a relatively short period of two to three weeks”.

Built in 2007, the bulk carrier M/V Vega Rose, with a length overall of 189.9 metres and a breadth extreme of 32.26 metres, has a load capacity of 55,711 metric tonnes. It is registered in Panama, operated by Fednav International and chartered by Bungee International. During its stay in Trois-Rivières, the vessel was represented by Navitrans Shipping Agencies Inc. The twenty or so crew members were of Indonesian nationality.