First LNG bunker delivery on Great Lakes

The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) and REV LNG have teamed up to bring LNG bunkering to the Great Lakes.

HOPA has announced that on Wednesday (9 December) a marine vessel refuelled with LNG ‘for the first time ever on the Great Lakes’.

The MV Damia Desgagnés, which was carrying a load of asphalt, docked at the Port of Hamilton’s Pier 22 to refuel before departing for Detroit.

‘As a founding member of the Green Marine program, we are always looking for new ways to support improved environmental performance. This offering to our shipping customers will keep HOPA at the forefront,’ said Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority CEO Ian Hamilton.

‘We look forward to continuing to find new ways to support improving air quality, reducing GHGs, and working collaboratively with Canadian and U.S. marine and energy sector partners to help accelerate the adoption of LNG, and spur further fuel innovations. It also aligns with HOPA’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2025.’

REV LNG, a Pennsylvania-based LNG services provider, handles the commercial and technical development of the project, LNG transportation and all shore-side operations.

‘We expect this will signal the beginning of LNG bunkering in a key marine market, and REV’s special coordination and attention to safety will keep customers coming back,’ said Dave Kailbourne, CEO of REV LNG.

Pivotal LNG has supported the project with its expertise and LNG supply from the recently operational Towanda Liquefaction and Storage Facility, located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The facility is owned and operated by an affiliate of Pivotal LNG in partnership with REV LNG.

‘We couldn’t be happier to see that the brand-new facility in Towanda is already proving its value in the region,’ said Roger Williams, Vice-President of Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG.

‘LNG holds great promise for supporting the emissions reduction goals of the shipping industry and with Towanda’s proximity to the Great Lakes, we look forward to being part of that cleaner energy future.’

The Canadian Chamber of Marine Commerce supports the expansion of LNG bunkering facilities in Canada.

‘As the most carbon efficient mode of transport, marine shipping has an important part to play in the battle against climate change,’ said Bruce Burrows, the President and CEO of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. ‘Canadian ship operators have spent more than $2 billion in recent years on new ships as well as adopting technologies and alternative fuels to decrease their environmental footprint further. LNG is part of the mix of solutions and having an expanded supply network will be key to its further adoption.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor