“Captain John’s” Ship Scheduled to Depart Toronto’s Harbour May 28

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Toronto (May 27, 2015)
– On Thursday, May 28, the M/V Jadran – or “Captain John’s” as it has come to be known – will be removed from Toronto’s Harbour by Marine Recycling Corporation (MRC), the current owner of the ship, and towed to Port Colborne, Ontario, to be recycled.
In order to ensure the ship’s removal is completed in the safest manner possible and in compliance with Transport Canada regulations, the removal date which has been set by MRC, is dependent on weather, particularly wind conditions, and is subject to change without notice.
WHAT:           The M/V Jadranwill be removed from Toronto’s Harbour by MRC and towed to its facility in Port Colborne (located on Lake Erie) to be recycled. MRC will release the ship from its current position along the dockwall at the foot of Yonge Street and turn it 90° upon entering the Harbour, prior to towing it out through the Eastern Gap – a process that will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to safely complete.
WHO:              Wayne Elliott, Director of Business Development, Marine Recycling Corporation
WHEN:           Thursday, May 28, 2015 – approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
                      10:00 a.m. – media availability with Wayne Elliott from MRC
                      10:30 a.m. – ship scheduled to be removed from the slip
NOTE: The ship’s removal time and date are dependent on weather conditions and MRC will decide if and when it is safe to proceed.
WHERE:         1 Queens Quay West, at the foot of Yonge Street
(Entry within the fenced area to the east of the ship will be permitted for those with proper media accreditation. Please confirm attendance in advance to expedite the process.)
PARKING:     Paid spots for media will be reserved on the south end of the parking lot at the foot of Yonge Street, directly to the east of the ship’s slip.
NOTE:            Safety is the top priority for all involved in the ship’s removal from the Harbour. Toronto Police Services will be on site, both on land and water, to maintain public safety during the ship’s removal. Both the media and public are reminded to please stay clear of the bike lanes along the waterfront.
PortsToronto (www.portstoronto.com)
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 $6.7 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.
Media Contact:
Erin Mikaluk
Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Tel: (416) 863-2065; Cell: (647) 298-0544
Wayne Elliott
Director, Business Development
Marine Recycling Corporation