Monday, April 20, 2009, the Port of Detroit welcomed the arrival of the ocean going vessel, Federal Pride, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company. The ship's arrival began the port's 2009 shipping season.
The Federal Pride, a Cyprus flagged vessel, set sail on April 3, 2009 from Teesport, United Kingdom and Antwerp, Belgium with a cargo of steel. The ship, 470 ft long with a 75 ft beam, sailed under the command of Captain Maciej A. Adamiak. Limassol, Cyprus is its home port. Olinek will present the coveted J.L. Hudson Trophy to World Shipping, the ship's agent.
The Detroit/Wayne Port Authority established in 1978, is a non profit organization based in Detroit, whose mission is "to promote commerce and enhance trade opportunities within the global marketplace through the Port of Detroit, by implementing creative economic development solutions and complement its governing units." Funding for the Port Authority is provided by the State of Michigan, Wayne County and the City of Detroit.