Gaz Métro, a large LNG distributor, has commissioned the first ferry in North America to run on LNG, the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, through its subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG L.P. The vessel was commissioned in Québec, Canada.
Three LNG-fuelled ferries
Under an agreement concluded in 2013, Gaz Métro LNG L.P. was selected as the LNG supplier to fuel three new Société des Traversiers du Québec ferries. The NM F.-A.-Gauthier ship is to replace the NM Camille-Marcoux for the Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout ferry service, whilst the two other ships within the contract will be assigned to the Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine crossing.
The choice of natural gas as fuel has allowed the Société des Traversiers du Québec to reach an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector.
Use of LNG makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared with marine diesel. LNG motors are also quieter and produce less vibration, which is more respectful of marine life.
“It's extraordinary that this major first is happening here in Québec, and Gaz Métro is very proud to be a part of it,” highlighted Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro. “In support of Québec's Maritime Strategy, LNG is a concrete solution for fighting climate change and allows local shipowners to comply with the increasingly stringent standards regarding polluting emissions on North America's waterways."
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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