• 2017 May 19 12:24

    A liquified natural gas (LNG) supply solution available to all shipowners in Québec

    In the wake of the inauguration of M/T Damia Desgagnés, the very first Groupe Desgagnés vessel able to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, Sophie Brochu, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Sylvie Vachon, praise Groupe Desgagnés’ leadership and vision. Gaz Métro says by acquiring four vessels able to comply with the most stringent environmental standards, Groupe Desgagnés positions itself as a pioneer in its category for the development of LNG as a fuel for maritime transport in Québec and Canada. 

    In response to this desire to opt for an eco-friendly fuel, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal also announce that an LNG supply solution for marine fuel will now be available at the Port of Montreal. Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal joined efforts in developing an LNG supply system that will be operated by a Gaz Métro subsidiary. This system will be available to all shipowners in Quebec, including the fleets passing through the Port of Montreal. In short, this is an important milestone for the entire maritime transport sector. 

    “I would like to commend the leadership and vision of Groupe Desgagnés, which was the first commercial shipowner to order vessels destined to navigate in Québec able to use LNG as marine fuel. Québec can be proud to have Groupe Desgagnés among its visionary companies, as was the Société des traversiers du Québec. LNG is currently one of the best solutions available to replace petroleum products in the maritime sector, due to its environmental assets. In particular, it respects new Canadian and international maritime transportation standards that aim to minimize the emission of air pollutants [NOx and SOx],” said Sophie Brochu. 

    “I praise Groupe Desgagnés’ forward thinking, which is very inspiring for Québec’s maritime industry,” emphasized Sylvie Vachon. “The Port of Montreal shares this vision to exercise positive leadership in sustainable development practices and, in this context, the LNG fuel supply solution that will be available on our docks is another significant and concrete action toward making commercial shipping even more environmentally friendly.”

    Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal hope that the availability of LNG supply solutions will be a first step in encouraging shipowners to follow the lead taken by Groupe Desgagnés and, in turn, move toward this efficient, cost-effective and clean option. 

    About LNG
    When cooled to -160 °C, natural gas changes from a gas to a liquid. In liquid form, it takes up 600 times less space than in its gaseous state. In the same space, it is therefore possible to store 600 times more energy with LNG than with natural gas in a gaseous state—a definite advantage in terms of transportation and storage. Liquefied natural gas comes from Gaz Métro’s liquefaction plant in the East of Montréal, in operation for 45 years. Once liquefied, natural gas is stored in the plant’s cryogenic tanks. The plant has two loading docks for filling tanker trucks, which supply refuelling stations or service customers directly. LNG can then be distributed to customers within a radius of over 1,000 km from the LSR plant.

    About Gaz Métro
    With more than $7 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 205,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, where it has more than 315,000 customers. There, it operates through its subsidiaries in the electricity production market and the electricity and natural gas distribution market. Gaz Métro is actively involved in developing and operating innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel, liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind and solar power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations, and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (GMi and Valener) and employees.

    About the Port of Montreal
    Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world. The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The Port operates a passenger terminal. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms. Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic benefits annually.




2017 September 26

18:26 Port of Gdansk sees record number of cruise ship calls this season
18:06 OCEASOFT’s Cobalt ML3 revolutionizes temperature monitoring for sensitive products during transport
17:54 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 3 cruise ships last week
17:37 US Navy takes delivery of LCS 9 from Fincantieri and Lockheed Martin Corp.
17:19 Sovcomflot takes part in annual NEVA exhibition in St. Petersburg (photo)
17:01 Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments is meeting for its fourth session
16:52 ICS Chairman’s message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping industry focused on serious CO2 emission reduction
16:47 India's Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
16:36 Training for port security officials held in Mexico
16:12 IMS Group purchases OceanSaver assets
16:05 ClassNK announces R&D Roadmap
15:44 Rolls-Royce acquires technology for the electrically-assisted charging of MTU engines
15:29 Albwardy Damen announces Experience Day at its shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, on 28 September
15:25 China workshop discusses oil pollution response
15:06 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:45 SCF Group seafarers commended at Vladivostok
14:24 Hapag-Lloyd recycles three container ships in an environmentally friendly manner
13:59 Warsaw will host Polish LNG Conference on 22-23 November 2017
13:36 OOCL adds Maher Terminal in port rotation, drops call to Colong, Panama on ECX1 service
13:10 RZD Holding arranged regular container transit between Europe and China via the Kaliningrad Region
12:46 MSC Belgium to attend Transport & Logistics fair in Antwerp
12:08 Teekay and Brookfield announce closing of strategic transaction
11:26 81,600dwt newbuilding vessel MV Sakizaya Power joined Wisdom Marine Lines fleet
11:11 RF Government set to ease customs formalities
11:08 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS signs Preferred Supplier Agreement for Triton Knoll OWF
10:48 Hydrotechnika Journal (Media Group PortNews) becomes an official information partner of RWTSTS
10:23 Serbian marines protect WFP merchant vessel Esbjerg
10:17 International Conference “Advanced port fleet - the basis of safety” gathered about 400 participants
10:08 ARC starts HHG Service to Italy
09:31 DPA reports record handling rate in 2016- 2017 in August
09:08 Scorpio Bulkers announces the acquisition of six dry bulk Ultramax vessels
08:13 Kelvin Hughes Australian integration partnership with AMS goes from strength to strength

2017 September 25

18:24 BV joins global industry alliance (GIA)
18:00 Patrol boat of Project 03160 built for RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet by Pella Shipyard completes sea part of state trials (photo)
17:37 Fincantieri delivers "Viking Sun" in Ancona
17:31 APM Terminals improves productivity, costs and flexibility with a win-win labor strategy
17:12 Intermodal terminal operations to be moved to Hisingen in December
16:47 FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore
16:32 General Dynamics secures $5bn U.S. Navy’s contract for ballistic-missile submarine
16:20 Murmansk Region Governor: energy infrastructure for MTH project to be completed by the end of 2019
15:41 Large ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov provided security of Indian tanker’s passage through Gulf of Aden
15:13 Russian and Chinese military seamen practiced rescuing a ship in distress
14:50 Krylov Centre at the 13th International Exhibition & Conference RAO/CIS Offshore 2017
14:25 RF Navy’s ASW ships Onega and Naryan-Mar repelled simulated enemy’s air attack in the White Sea
14:01 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,711 in RF spot market
13:38 Zelenodolsk shipyard launches high-speed passenger ship of Project А145Е for UAE customer
13:04 Damen Shipyards Yichang launches first DT8000 SD, Damen Tanker 8000 Shallow Draft (photo)
12:32 Transocean announces retirement of six floaters
11:30 Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard
11:03 The 28th meeting of the Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee held in Vladivostok
11:00 ABS approves GMS self-elevating drilling unit design
10:29 Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre up and running
10:27 Golden Ocean sells six Ultramax vessels
09:55 Cargo transportation by inland water ways of Russia down to 74.5 mln t in 8M’17
09:33 Brent Crude futures price down 0.21% to $56.3, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $50.52
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,502 points

2017 September 22

18:04 ESL Shipping's second LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel was named Haaga
17:47 Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returned to Sevastopol
17:22 Port of Gdansk throughput up 4% to 25.5 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
16:58 Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) launched the harbor tugboat of Project 04690 (graphics)