Fraser River Port was pleased to welcome M.V. MARUBA ZONDA, on its maiden voyage to Fraser Surrey Docks on November 1, 2006.

M.V. MARUBA ZONDA arrived at Fraser Surrey Docks ’ a general cargo terminal at Fraser River Port ’ directly from Mexico. The vessel spent only a short time at the terminal, unloading its container cargo in two shifts. They left early the following morning, heading back to Mexico en route to South America.

A brief presentation was held on board to celebrate the vessel’s maiden voyage to Fraser River Port. Representatives of the shipping agent, Westward Shipping Ltd., alongside port and terminal representatives, presented plaques to the vessel’s Captain, Anatoly Smirnov.

The vessel was built at Wengchong Shipyards and departed on September 13, 2006. Originally launched as M.V. FRITZ REUTER, the container ship was renamed when Maruba chartered it. M.V. MARUBA ZONDA measures 176.9 metres in length with a beam of 27.4 metres, has a gross registered tonnage of 18,480 metric tonnes and a cargo load of 1,372 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

Fraser Surrey Docks is located on Fraser River Port Authority’s 143-hectare (353-acre) Surrey Properties site. The general cargo terminal features six deep-sea berths, 8.8-acres of covered storage, and direct ship to rail loading. The terminal is located close to major road networks and served by five railways. Fraser Surrey Docks handles a broad mixture of containers and breakbulk cargo such as steel and wood products.

Fraser River Port is Canada’s largest fresh water port and Canada’s largest automobile port, encompassing 270 kilometres of shoreline along the Fraser River from Langley to the Strait of Georgia. The Port generates 16,100 direct local jobs and contributes $1.3 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.