Photo release: PortsToronto Celebrates the Arrival of the First Ship of the Season with the 154th Annual Beaver Hat Ceremony


Toronto (April 8, 2015)
 - PortsToronto Harbour Master Angus Armstrong "crowns" M/V Tundra Captain Tykhonov Vyacheslav with the centuries-old silk and beaver top hat at the 154th annual Beaver Hat Ceremony at Redpath Refinery. The annual ceremony celebrates the arrival of the season's first ocean-going ship – which this year was the M/V Tundra – into the Port of Toronto, hearkening the start of the 2015 shipping season. The Port of Toronto plays an important role in Canada's transportation network and the Toronto economy, allowing for the delivery of salt and sugar, as well as concrete, sand and other goods needed to support the city's booming construction industry, directly into the heart of the city. Last year marked an eight-year high for imports into the Port of Toronto.

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For more than 100 years PortsToronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority) has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. A financially self-sustaining government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $5.6 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government. PortsToronto is a Proud Supporter of TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.