The MSC Donata was the first ocean-going ship to pass the Port of Montreal’s downstream restriction at Sorel on January 1, 2023, at 00:05 without making a stop.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is presenting the Gold-headed Cane to its master, Singh Ranjit Kumar, in keeping with a custom that has been practiced for more than 180 years.
On December 23, 2022, the MSC Donata sailed out of Sines, Portugal. Thousands of containers containing necessities and practical items for businesses and residents of Quebec, Ontario, and the Midwest are transported by the Panama-flagged MSC ship.
The ship arrived at section 48 of the Port of Montreal’s Viau terminal, which Termont runs. In a few days, the MSC Donata will return to the open sea with containers loaded for export to Marsaxlokk, Malta.
Captain Singh Ranjit Kumar said, not for the first time in Montreal, that he was honored to receive the Gold-headed Cane for the first time at the end of a smooth trip despite a few rougher seas during the expedition’s ocean leg.
Such a reward is a significant accomplishment, and he and his MSC Donata team will always cherish this day. But what matters most is that they did it together.
Indian native Captain Kumar has always yearned to sail aboard one of those enormous ships that shuttle cargo between cities. So he began his sea adventure at the age of 22, and in 2005, he joined MSC.
Following two years of being held behind closed doors due to the pandemic, Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority, presented the Gold-Headed Cane on the dock during a ceremony at the terminal that a select group of guests and media once again attended.
The cane was engraved with the winning captain and ship’s names.
Mr. Imbleau said he was “delighted to continue this prestigious tradition that is the pride of ship masters and crews.”
“The fact that we could do it again in person added to the solemnity and made it possible to pay tribute to these women and men, thanks to whom the goods and commodities reach their destination under sometimes difficult conditions,” he added.