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Federal Kushiro first vessel of 2021 at Trois-Rivières
(Posted on 05/01/21)
The Federal Kushiro is the first vessel to call the Port of Trois-Rivières in 2021. It docked on January 1 at 3:48 a.m., after a 13-day crossing of the Atlantic. The vessel, with its 23 crew members of Indian nationality, left the port of Alcoa's calcined petroleum coke plant located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States, on 19 December, 2020. Its cargo of calcined petroleum coke is destined for Alcoa's Deschambault Smelter and will be discharged by G3 Canada.
To receive the title of first vessel, the vessel must arrive in Trois-Rivières from an overseas port without making a stopover at another Canadian port and perform a loading or unloading operation at the Port of Trois-Rivières. To see the arrival of the Federal Kushiro : first vessel of 2021.
“Despite the continuing pandemic, we celebrated the arrival of the 56th vessel of the year by
presenting the traditional souvenir gifts to the Captain of the Federal Kushiro, Mr. Junes Cherian
and the Chief Engineer, Mr. Kumar Sanjay. This presentation was made in compliance with the
distancing and prevention measures in order to ensure the safety of all, which is a priority for
us,” said Mr. Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières. Mr. Cherian and
Mr. Sanjay received a giclée reproduction of the painting Un port, une équipe, produced by
Mauricie artist Ms. Caroline St Pierre, as well as baskets of regional products. Mr. Boivin also
wishes to highlight the essential contribution of the Port's workers who handle the unloading
activities of the Federal Kushiro and who have been operating in unusual conditions for more than nine months now.
The Federal Kushiro is a bulk carrier built in 2004 sailing under the Marshall Islands flag. Its
length overall (LOA) is 190.4 m with a beam (width) of 23.6 m. It is docked at section 17 of the
Port of Trois-Rivières for a period of two days. During its stay in Trois-Rivières, it is represented
by Lower St-Lawrence Ocean Agencies Ltd.
In addition to the work by crew members, winter navigation is made possible through the efforts
of many actors, including the Coast Guard and its icebreaker fleet, as well as St. Lawrence
River pilots. The Port of Trois-Rivières also took the opportunity to recognize their important contribution.
As part of the 17 Canadian Port Authorities and active since 1882, the Port of Trois-Rivières
offers a wide range of facilities and services to the maritime industry throughout the year. The
Port is an important player in regional, national and international economic development for
major industrial sectors such as the aluminium industry, forestry and agri-food.
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