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April 23, 2014: Opening of Navigation "Top Hat" Ceremony

Thunder Bay Port Authority along with the City of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Opening of Navigation “Top Hat” Ceremony aboard the M/V Algoma Enterprise at Richardson’s Current River Terminal 11:30 Wednesday, April 23, 2014. 

The community annually recognizes the vessel which opens the local navigation season.  The season is opening later than past years due to challenging ice conditions throughout the Seaway system following the harsh winter of 2013-14. 

MV Algoma Enterprise, owned and operated by Algoma Central Corporation, arrived in port Monday, April 21 at 16:23.  She was closely followed by MV Radcliffe R. Latimer, another Algoma vessel, which arrived at 20:00 the same day. 

Captains Edwin C. J. Seward and Richard Hesketh, along with Chief Engineer Anthony Arcand will be recognized and will be available for comment.  Mayor Keith Hobbs, Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Uli Walther, and Port Authority Board Member David O’Brien will be on hand to welcome Algoma Enterprise to Thunder Bay.