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Season Helps Kick-Start Oshawa’s Economy

The Oshawa Port Authority kicked off this year’s shipping season by officially welcoming the first international vessel, M/V Heloise, to the Port of Oshawa at a special Top Hat ceremony.


“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Captain Huang You Zhong, Master of M/V Heloise, to the Port of Oshawa,” said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority. “It’s the start of what we are confident will be a busy shipping season. The more vessels and cargo in the Port of Oshawa, the greater the returns for the local economy and our community.”

Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority, presented Captain Huang You Zhong with the traditional top hat during a special ceremony attended by local elected and industry officials. M/V Heloise arrived from Turkey to offload 18 thousand metric tonnes of steel. Her next port of call will be Duluth, Minnesota. 


New Shipping Season Follows Record Year for Oshawa Port 

In 2012, the Port of Oshawa handled 60 vessels, carrying a record 472 thousand metric tons of bulk cargo. That’s more vessels than ever, and almost twice the tonnage compared to a decade ago. Each year, the port handles an average of $23 million worth of cargo, from salt and steel products to asphalt and grain.

“The Port of Oshawa plays a major role in supporting the local, regional and Canadian economy,” added Valcour. “The port generates close to $6 million annually in federal and provincial taxes. It’s revenue we plan to keep growing and putting back into the local and regional economy.” 


Top Hat Ceremony Dates Back to 1829

The first international ship to enter the Port of Oshawa through the St. Lawrence Seaway is honoured each year, during a special ceremony and presentation of the lucky Top Hat. 

This tradition began back in 1829, when the first ship entered the newly created Welland Canal, and the prestigious Top Hat was presented to the captain as a symbol of good luck.


About M/V Heloise

The time charter owner of M/V Heloise is Brochart KB.  The general ship agent is Colley Motorships Ltd., attended by sub-agent Currie Maritime Corporation.  Oshawa Stevedoring and Local 1997 of the International Longshoremen’s’ Association are discharging the cargo.


About the Oshawa Port Authority 

The OPA is Canada’s newest Port Authority and is one of eighteen Port Authorities across Canada. It was established by Letters Patent issued on January 25th, 2012 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Oshawa Port Authority operates the Port of Oshawa and manages the associated harbour lands that are owned by the Crown. 



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Danna O’Brien
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Donna Taylor,
CEO, Oshawa Port Authority,
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Contact Information

Donna Taylor
President/CEO and Harbourmaster

1621 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada L1H 8J7

Phone: (905) 576-0400

Fax: (905) 576-5701

For the President and CEO/Harbourmaster directly and any Project or Cargo inquiries please email
For General inquiries please email

© Port of Oshawa, 2019