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Desgagnés christens and inaugurates two polar class dual fuel/LNG vessels

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Desgagnés has proceeded with the double christening and inauguration of the M/T Paul A. Desgagnés and the M/T Rossi A. Desgagnés, two leading-edge polar class dual fuel/LNG petroleum/chemical tankers.

The ceremony was held in front of about 500 guests at the Port of Quebec. These additions to the Desgagnés fleet represent the completion of an investment plan, worth more than US$200 million and launched in 2015, for the construction and commissioning of four new vessels.

The twin new-generation ships are the result of an original concept developed by Desgagnés to optimise characteristics related to safety, environmental performance and operational efficiency, as well as to adapt to the navigational conditions of northern Quebec and the Great Lakes regions. Each vessel represents an investment of US$50 million, of which close to US$9 million for each ship was solely for the purpose of adding a dual fuel/LNG engine. With a deadweight of almost 15 000 tonnes and tanks with a capacity of more than 17 000 m3, the vessels are suitable for transporting refined petroleum or chemical products. They were built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.

“Desgagnés is very proud to have state-of-the-art vessels in its fleet,” said its President and Chief Executive Officer, Louis-Marie Beaulieu. “The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés and the Rossi A. Desgagnés demonstrates Desgagnés’ vision and leadership in sustainable development in a tangible way, as well as its commitment to its customers to offer a first-class marine petroleum transportation service that represents quality, safety and respects the environment.”

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