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Photos: Saam Smit Towage Canada christens SST Capilano

By BCShippingNews 22 February 2016
Ceremony upholds First Nations blessing tradition...

Saam Smit Towage Canada Inc. welcomed the shipping community, friends, family and Squamish First Nations representatives to a christening ceremony and First Nations blessing for SST Capilano, the newest addition to the Saam Smit fleet. Ship sponsors Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director, Vancouver International Maritime Centre, and Jewel Jacobs, descendant of Joe Mathias, also known as Chief Kiapalano, historic leader of the Squamish First Nation, blessed the vessel 'and all those who sail on her' at the Bute Street Dock on February 18, 2016. With a most auspicious sign of five eagles circling overhead, Squamish representative Alroy "Bucky" Baker provided an introduction to the ceremony which followed traditional First Nation customs of wiping the vessel with cedar boughs; witnesses from both the shipping community and the Squamish First Nation; and presentations of ceremonial blankets. The 71-foot ASD tug is among the strongest of Saam Smit Towage's Vancouver fleet with a bollard pull of 65 metric tonnes. ABD Boats, represented by Alan Dawson and Burton Drody, were also on hand to participate in the celebration. Thanks to Saam Smit Towage Canada and Dave Roels for sharing photos of the event.