Friday June 16 2017 – The Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) would like to highlight what G3 Canada Limited just accomplished. On Thursday, June 15 at 11:30 pm, the vessel M/V Vega Rose completed the loading of 48,069 metric tonnes of high-quality corn from its Trois-Rivières port terminal. The previous record in Trois-Rivières was set by the M/V St-Matthew in 2004, loading 41,747 metric tonnes. The new record is due in part to the high water depth this year, currently measuring 12 metres rather than 10.7 metres, or 1.2 metres above normal. The configuration of the M/V Vega Rose is also ideal for maximizing cargo intake. The vessel was loading grain received from local producers since last Tuesday. It will be leaving port at 11 am Friday for Spain, a trip of around 10 days. Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the TRPA, explained that all the necessary conditions were met for setting this new record at the Trois-Rivières facilities, in operation since 1936.

“Before loading a vessel, the first requirement is to have a buyer interested in a large quantity of grain, in this case corn, and the product must be sufficiently available from local producers to supply G3. The port facilities must also have the logistical capacity to receive the trucks carrying the maize to be shipped abroad. To load the vessel’s five holds, around 1,300 trucks were required over a relatively short period of two to three weeks”. [Translation] Built in 2007, the bulk carrier M/V Vega Rose, with a length overall of 189.9 metres and a breadth extreme of 32.26 metres, has a load capacity of 55,711 metric tonnes. It is registered in Panama and operated by Fednav Intl and chartered by Bungee Intl. During its stay in Trois-Rivières, the vessel was represented by Navitrans Shipping Agencies Inc. The twenty or so crew members were of Indonesian nationality. 

About G3 Canada Limited

G3 Canada Limited is a large-scale Canadian grain enterprise recognized for providing a unique competitive alternative to farmers and superior service to customers and stakeholders. G3 Canada Limited’s assets include primary grain elevators and port terminals stretching from Leader in Saskatchewan to Quebec City, a Great Lake grain transport vessel, and the largest private fleet of grain hopper cars in Canada. The vertical integration of these assets along the agricultural commodity chain forms the basis of a smarter path from farmers’ fields to global markets. G3 Canada Limited is a Canadian company and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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