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MEDIA AVAILABILITY - PortsToronto celebrates the 163rd annual Top Hat Ceremony with the arrival of the first ship of the season

TORONTO, March 25, 2024 /CNW/ - Representatives of PortsToronto and Redpath Sugar will be joined by Councillor Shelley Carroll and the captain and crew of the MV Wigeon aboard ship to celebrate the 163rd annual Top Hat Ceremony.

A sure sign of spring's arrival, the first international ship of the 2024 shipping season has arrived at the Port of Toronto. On March 27, PortsToronto will "crown" Captain Sergiy Kobylyashnyy of the MV Wigeon with an antique top hat ? first presented in the spring of 1861? at the annual Top Hat Ceremony. For the past 163 years, PortsToronto has celebrated the official opening of the commercial shipping season by crowning the captain of the first ocean-going vessel or "saltie" to arrive at the port.


RJ Steenstra, President and CEO, PortsToronto

Councillor Shelley Carroll, City of Toronto Budget Chief and Vice-Chair of Economic and Community Development Committee

Reverend Judith Alltree, Mission to Seafarers

Ashley Black, Brand Manager, Redpath Sugar


Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 AM. 

*Please arrive no later than 9:40 a.m. in order to board the ship.


Aboard MV Wigeon, docked at Redpath Sugar, 95 Queens Quay East (Entry through east-side security checkpoint)

IMPORTANT: ALL WHO PLAN TO ATTEND MUST RSVP IN ADVANCE DUE TO SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS. Redpath and PortsToronto cannot permit access to individuals who have not pre-confirmed their attendance. Please RSVP to Jessica Pellerin at [email protected] by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. 

*Proper media accreditation/photo identification is required.


SOURCE PortsToronto

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