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The Port of Sept-Îles hands out its 25th Gold Headed Cane

Sept-Îles, January 2nd, 2012 – The M/V Bet Fighter, a Isle of Man registered vessel, sailing from Gibraltar, was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles this year, at 7:40 on January 2nd, 2012. The vessel arrived empty and will set sail again January 3rd with 165 000 m.t. of iron ore from the Iron ore Company Rio Tinto destined for China.

During a short ceremony on board the vessel, Manon D’Auteuil, Eng., Director Environment and Sustainable Development of the Port of Sept-Îles, presented Captain Vadym Smelsky with the prestigious Gold Headed Cane bearing the Port of Sept-Îles insignia.

Several gifts were presented to the Captain by Sony Aucoin, Superintendant Operations, representative of the Iron Ore Company Rio Tinto. Jean Masse, councillor of the town of Sept-Iles joined the group to welcome them.

This tradition, now in its 25th year, marks the arrival of the first ship of the year to call the Port. 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.

For its 25th anniversary, the gold headed cane has been transformed allowing recipients to receive a more contempory version of this much sought after prize.

Through the choice of its different components and its renewed design, it showcases the region’s industrial pillars that do business via the port infrastructures.

Taking its inspiration from a 3D version of the Port of Sept-Îles logo, the new polished and anodized aluminum cane recalls the blue highway with style. It supports an iron ore rock whose brilliance is reflected in a half sphere of acrylic.

The distinctive component of gold has not been neglected in the new concept. The seven stars of the Port logo which represent the seven islands in the Bay of Sept-Îles have been reproduced in 10 carat gold on the band of the cane. The cane’s shaft which is made of dark rosewood brings warmth and prestige to the creation.


With a full range of high-performance equipment, the Port of Sept-Îles is North America’s leading iron ore port in terms of annual volume handled, with nearly 30 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. Port activity at the Port of Sept-Îles therefore remains a significant source of wealth creation in Quebec and Canada.

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