The Port of Montreal is now offering LNG as marine fuel, following this week’s launch of the dual-fuel asphalt and bitumen carrier Damia Desgagnés, Quebec’s first LNG-fuelled ship.
Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal announced last night that they have agreed to supply LNG as marine fuel at the port. A Gaz Métro subsidiary will source and supply the gas by truck from the parent company’s liquefaction plant east of Montreal.
Montreal Port Authority chief executive Sylvie Machon described the news as “an important milestone for the entire maritime transport community”.
Shipowner Group Desgagnés has ordered four LNG-fuelled vessels. The 15,000 dwt Damia Desgagnés will be deployed on coastal services along Canada’s east coast and the St Lawrence River.
Gaz Métro is Quebec’s largest distributor of natural gas. President and chief executive Sophie Brochu said: “LNG is one of the best solutions available to replace petroleum products in the maritime sector, due to its environmental aspects. It respects new Canadian and international maritime transportation standards that aim to minimise the emission of air pollutants.”
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