The cars ' a mixture of new Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, and Mitsubishi automobiles destined for the Canadian marketplace ' arrived aboard one of MOL's Pure Car Carriers, M.V. COUGAR ACE. The new record beats Fraser Wharves' recent record of 4,936 automobiles, set over the Easter weekend in March by another one of MOL's car carriers, M.V. LIBERTY ACE.
"This is a Canadian record," said Peter Liu, Vice President of Fraser Wharves Ltd., "We congratulate the Captain and crew of M.V. COUGAR ACE, and everyone at our facility who has been a part of this historic event at Fraser Wharves Ltd."
Visitors on hand to celebrate the record-setting delivery with the vessel's master, Captain W.H. Steinmetz, included: Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond; Captain Allen Domaas, President and CEO of the Fraser River Port Authority; Peter Ng, Port Superintendent for Montship Inc.; Captain Alex Smith, Vice President of P&O Ports Canada Inc.'s Canadian Stevedoring; Dave Suttis, Manager, General Cargo Operations for P&O Ports Canada Inc.'s Canadian Stevedoring; Jack Labinsky, Business Agent for ILWU Local 502; Ernie Moore, National Manager, Corporate Logistics for Toyota Canada Inc.; Mike Taylor, Manager Port Operations for Toyota Canada Inc.; Tony Smith, Manager of Vehicle Planning and Distribution for Mazda Canada Inc.; Craig Swindells, Business Management Manager for Mazda Canada Inc.; Kevin Hugel, Specialist, Vehicle Distribution for Mazda Canada Inc.; Patrick Bornestig, District Sales and Service Manager, Mazda Canada Inc.; Masayuki Hirose, President of Fraser Wharves Ltd., and Peter Liu, Vice President of Fraser Wharves Ltd.
Captain Domaas presented the Captain with a plaque noting the record-setting occasion, on behalf of Fraser River Port, Fraser Wharves Ltd., and Montship Inc.
M.V. COUGAR ACE was launched June 29, 1993. The ship has an overall length 199.53 metres and a gross registered tonnage of 55,328 tonnes. The unloaded cars from the ship will be stored on Fraser Wharves' 107-acre site, which includes a 14-acre water portion, where they will then be processed and loaded aboard trains and trucks for shipment to various Canadian destinations.