SEPT-ÎLES, January 7, 2011 – The Port of Sept-Îles is pleased to announce that the M/V E. R. Bergamo was the first ship of 2011 to enter the Port of Sept-Îles at around 2 p.m. on January 3. Given heavy traffic at La Relance terminal, the ship was unable to dock until today to deliver its 44,101 metric ton shipment of alumina to Aluminerie Alouette. Flying a Liberian flag, the ship arrived from Vila Do Conde in Brazil. Once unloaded, she will set sail for New Orleans, USA, around January 11.

In keeping with the 24 year old tradition, a brief onboard ceremony will be held early next week at which the ship’s captain, Roman L. Cuaresma, will be awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane bearing the Port of Sept-Îles insignia by Pierre D. Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Sept-Îles, accompanied by representatives from Aluminerie Alouette and Lower St. Lawrence Ocean Agencies.

ABOUT THE PORT OF SEPT-ÎLES

Boasting a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, the Port of Sept-Îles is one of North America’s leading iron ore ports and this year will become Canada’s second largest in terms of expected annual volume handled, with over 32 million tons. Sept-Îles’ port facilities play a vital and strategic role in the operation of a number of businesses from the region’s primary sector. The Port’s annual economic impact is estimated at nearly $1 billion, with some 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Port of Sept-Îles will also host some 200 delegates at the 53rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities August 7–10, 2011. Port activity at the Port of Sept-Îles therefore represents a significant source of economic and social wealth creation for the region, Quebec, and Canada.

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