Groupe Desgagnés Inc., a Canadian marine transportation specialist headquartered in Quebec City, has been lauded by Gaz Metro, the largest natural gas distributor in Quebec, and Montreal Port Authority (MPA) for its acquisition of four LNG-fueled vessels. All four vessels are designed to comply with the most stringent environmental standards in place today. Now, the three entities have combined to provide an LNG bunkering solution at the Port.
Both Gaz Metro and MPA recognise Groupe Desgagnés Inc. as a pioneer in its category for the development of LNG as an efficient, cost-effective and clean fuel for maritime transport in Québec and Canada, and an inspiration for other maritime companies to follow.
Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal have joined efforts to develop 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, President and CEO of Gaz Métro.
“I praise Groupe Desgagnés’ forward thinking, which is very inspiring for Québec’s maritime industry,” emphasized Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of MPA. “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.”
The Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods.
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 storage and regasification (LSR) plant.
(Source: Gaz Métro)