First Ship of the Year to Brave the Ice in Baie des Ha! Ha!
On 24 January, the Golden Bull was the first ship of 2022 to brave the ice and cold in the Saguenay Fjord and dock safely at the Wharf Facilities. The vessel, which has a length of 225 metres and a beam of 32 metres, first arrived in the Razades area of the St. Lawrence River on 5 January. It was carrying 54,000 tonnes of bauxite from Porto Trombetas, Brazil.
In keeping with tradition, Martin Lavoie, Operations Director, Wharf Facilities, together with Jean-Simon Tremblay and Charles Preston, Dock Workers, and Patrice Comsis, Supervisor, presented an aluminium rooster to Alvin P. Ricalde, Ship Master, and Jade Dalogdog, Third Officer. Roosters are energetic early birds, just like the crew members and Wharf Facilities employees, who work hard to make sure that raw materials are received and operations run smoothly.
Each year, 125 ships drop anchor and dock at the Wharf Facilities to unload five million tonnes of raw materials. The wharf celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2021.