August 30, 2012, Winnipeg, MB — Richardson International Limited is pleased to announce that it has successfully loaded a vessel of wheat in the Port of Churchill. The MV New Legend Pearl was Richardson’s first wheat vessel to be loaded and shipped out of the Northern Manitoba port following the enactment of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act.
The vessel set out on route to Colombia on Saturday, August 25 with 27,500 metric tonnes of No. 2 Canadian Western Red Spring wheat originating from Richardson Pioneer elevators in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
“Recent changes to Western Canadian grain marketing have opened up new opportunities in the industry, and have made the Port of Churchill more accessible to us,” says Terry James, Vice-President, Export Marketing. “Being headquartered in Manitoba, we are pleased to have quickly identified opportunities to make use of Manitoba’s port in the new grain marketing environment.”
Richardson has a longstanding connection to the Port of Churchill, having shipped the first cargo of wheat from the Port on October 11, 1929, when the Engava set course for Liverpool, England with a shipment of Manitoba wheat. Further shipments of various grains and oilseeds out of Churchill are being planned by Richardson for the remainder of the shipping season.