Almost 300 containers were loaded onto the M/V Sedna Desgagnés at the Port of Hamilton, as part of a new short sea shipping service launched by Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) in collaboration with Desgagnés. On route to the Port of Montreal, this new container service was developed by HCT, in partnership with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), Desgagnés, Federal Marine Terminals and the Port of Montreal.

This shipment is the first of what is expected to be an increasingly frequent service for container movements on the Great Lakes. This trip will be followed by other Hamilton-Montreal voyages later this year, building up to 20+ sailings in 2022.

Hamilton Officially Welcomes the TS Playfair

An arrival celebration for the TS Playfair took place virtually on June 13th. The sail training vessel was officially welcomed into the Hamilton community and the city flag was hoisted.

TS Playfair is a 33 tonne, steel hulled, two-masted, square-rigged, 72-foot brigantine. She was christened in Kingston, where she was built in 1972, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II making her the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.

The volunteer run charitable foundation, Brigs Youth Sail Training, formerly known as Toronto Brigantine Inc., owns and operates TS Playfair, which has been taking generations of 13 to 18-year olds on sailing training courses for the past 48 years. The ship operates with a crew of 28, which includes 18 new sailors called trainees, 10 youth officers and two adults — the first mate and captain.

Starting in 2021, Brigs will offer weeklong and weekend sailing training courses on board the Playfair. Learn more at

Vessel Tracking

Did you know you can see what vessels are coming in and out of the Port of Hamilton? Each year the port welcomes over 600 vessels carrying approximately 10 million MT of cargo.  Visit the vessel tracker at to see what’s coming and going at Ontario largest port.