April 8, 2014 - One of the first signs of spring is at the port, where the Oshawa Port Authority kicked off this year’s shipping season by officially welcoming the first international vessel, M/V Heloise at a special Top Hat ceremony.
“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Captain Rushong Lu, Master of M/V Heloise, said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “This is the start of what is already shaping up to be another busy shipping season. In fact, several ships are lining up to come into port.”
Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, presented Captain Rushong Lu, with the traditional top hat during a special ceremony attended by local elected and industry officials. M/V Heloise arrived from Istanbul, Turkey to offload more than 19-thousand metric tonnes of steel. Her next port of call will be Thunder Bay.The tradition began back in 1829, and each year, the prestigious Top Hat is presented as a symbol of good luck to the captain of the first international ship to enter the Port of Oshawa through the St. Lawrence Seaway.