Toledo Port Authority welcomes first overseas freighter of the season

A scoop of sugar from the 9,500 metric tons of sugar below

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority welcomed the first overseas freighter vessel of the season with a traditional welcoming that kicks off the 2013 shipping season for Northwest Ohio.

Paul Toth, President and CEO of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, expressed his excitement. "As a port director, it is my favorite day of the year, kicking off commerce, jobs and economic impact to Northwest Ohio," said Toth.

The vessel, M/V ISA, brought 9,500 metric tons of sugar from Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala and its arrival regionally signifies the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Toth commented on how the shipping season impacts Northwest Ohio. He said, "Certainly putting people back to work, loading and unloading ships, is a big issue for us in Northwest Ohio."

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Midwest Terminals and other officials presented the Captain of the vessel, Tomasz Molenda and the crew with welcoming gifts which included a Mud Hens jersey and a token of commerce from the city of Toledo.

Paul Toth expects a busy season. This is the first ship of around 700 ships that will dock at the Port of Toledo this season.