Marshall Islands bulk carrier first ship to reach Montreal in 2016
MONTREAL — A bulk carrier called the Vigorous is the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2016. The Vigorous left from Sohar, Oman, on Nov. 30 and crossed the Montreal port’s downstream limits at 5:21 Friday morning. The ship’s captain will receive the gold-headed cane award, which has been presented since 1840 to the captain of the first vessel to arrive each year. In early years the award was a top hat, but it was changed to reflect the tastes of the period around 1880. Captain Jun Eric Alio Dalipe will accept the award from the Montreal port authority during a ceremony on Monday.