Quebec-based marine transportation firm Desgagnes has christened and launched the M/T Mia Desgagnes, the world's first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker.
“Desgagnes is very proud to have achieved another world first in only a few short months," declared its president and CEO, Louis-Marie Beaulieu.
According to Beaulieu, the company had to meet a number of major challenges to make the construction of M/T Mia Desgagnes possible.
These include developing a maritime LNG bunker fuel distribution network, which was almost inexistent up to that point, and training a new class of qualified and certified sailors for the job.
“It is thanks to the exceptional contribution and collaboration of various business partners, including Energir, the Montreal Port Authority, and Transport Canada, that allowed us to meet the challenges of this innovative project,” says Beaulieu.
The vessel represents an investment of over $50 million, including nearly $9 million for the addition of dual-fuel/LNG motorisation.
“This is a very significant investment in line with our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint,” adds Beaulieu, who noted the firm receiving a financial contribution of $700,000 from the Quebec government under a program to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (PETMAF).
The Mia Desgagnes has several sustainable development certifications, including CLEANSHIPSUPER and GREEN PASSPORT. It has a deadweight capacity of nearly 15,000 mt and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17,000 m3.
It was built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey using an original concept and specifications developed by Desgagnes to optimise safety, environmental performance, and operational efficiency.
Related: Repsol conducts ‘largest’ LNG bunker supply op in Spain
Photo credit: Desgagnes
Published: 24 April, 2018
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