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Port of Sept-Îles Welcomes First Ship in Port Waters in 2020

SEPT-ÎLES, January 16, 2020 – Flying the flag of Portugal, the M/V Hinrich Oldendorff from Rotterdam, Netherlands, was the first ship of 2020, with arrival in Sept-Îles recorded at 1:54 a.m. on January 1. The ship was in ballast and had to remain at anchor until January 14 before leaving two days later for Japan with a cargo of 170,000 tonnes of iron ore from the IOC Rio Tinto company. Built in 2016, the 300-metre-long bulk carrier has a total cargo capacity of 209,113 tonnes. The ship is owned by the Oldendorff Carriers company and is operated by a crew of 25 sailors.

Captain Yvan Dikiy was presented with the prestigious Port of Sept-Îles cane by Port of Sept-Îles President and CEO Pierre D. Gagnon last night during the Port of Sept-Îles New Year’s cocktail reception at the HMCS Jolliet in the presence of members of the Sept-Îles business community.

Now in its 33rd year, the tradition marks the arrival of the first ship of the year to call at the port. To be eligible, the vessel must come directly from a foreign country and be bound for a foreign destination.


With its diverse, state-of-the-art facilities, the Port of Sept-Îles is North America’s largest ore-handling port, with a projected volume of more than 35 million tonnes in 2020. The port facilities at Sept-Îles play a vital and strategic role in the economy of Eastern Canada. Annual economic impacts are estimated at nearly $1 billion and almost 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.


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Patsy Keays
Director, Corporate Affairs
Port of Sept-Îles
418 961-1235