The Port of Montreal saw a cargo increase of almost seven percent in 2017 with a record 38 million tonnes. Last year marked the first full year of operations for a new container terminal that will eventually handle 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year. The port is pushing for approval of another terminal that would accommodate 1.15 million TEU containers per year starting in 2021 or 2022. It was also record year for cruise with more than 50 ship arrivals and 114,000 passengers, up 33 per cent over 2016 and up 140 per cent compared with 2011. The preliminary traffic results were released at an event where Montreal Port Authority (MPA) president and CEO Sylvie Vachon awarded the famous Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Rakesh Kumar, Master of the 2808-TEU Ottawa Express containership operated by Hapag-Lloyd. The 40,079 DWTvessel has an ice-reinforced hull typical of the liner services engaged in the St. Lawrence trades and had no major problems on the river to reach Montreal from the Atlantic Ocean. The cane has been given annually for 179 years to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover.