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Desgagnés christens new polar-class dual-fuel tanker

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Desgagnés has christened and launched the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world's first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker.

"Desgagnés is very proud to have achieved another world first in only a few short months," declared its president and CEO, Louis-Marie Beaulieu. "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.”

This vessel represents an investment of over US$50 million, including nearly US$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," added Beaulieu, who also thanked the Quebec government for its financial contribution of US$700 000 under its program to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (PETMAF).

The Mia Desgagnés has several sustainable development certifications, including ‘Clean Ship Super’ and ‘Green Passport’; but what sets her apart is her ability to run on three different types of fuel, including LNG, which has undeniable environmental advantages, one of them being substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

With a deadweight capacity of nearly 15 000 t and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17 000 m³, the Mia Desgagnés is suitable for transporting refined petroleum products or chemicals. This next-generation, state-of-the-art ship was built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey using an original concept and specifications developed by Desgagnés to optimise safety, environmental performance, and operational efficiency.

The ship's double hull and Polar 7 certification guarantees her ability to navigate in ice. She's equipped with a variable pitch propeller as well as bow and stern thrusters providing exemplary maneuverability and an optimal level of safety. Her generators' power output of over 3 MW allows her, through her generator/motor integrated in the propulsion shaft, to reach a cruising speed of up to 7 knots without using the main engine. This flexibility further improves safety for the sailors, the environment, and the ship herself.

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