First LNG bunkering on the American Great Lakes

Thanks to the collaboration between the Canadian Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) and the US energy company REV LNG (Pennsylvania), for the first time ever a ship was refueled with LNG on the American Great Lakes (Lake Ontario ), where the motor vessel Damia Desgagnés, used for the transport of asphalts, docked in the port of Hamilton-Oshawa to be refuelled  with LNG before leaving for Detroit.

Ian Hamilton, CEO of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority commented: “As founders of the Green Marine program, we are always looking for new ways to support the best environmental performance for our customers by keeping HOPA at the forefront, working in partnership with Canadian and US marine and energy partners to accelerate the adoption of LNG and stimulate further innovations in the fuel sector. "

REV LNG, a Pennsylvania-based provider of LNG refuelling services, led the commercial and technical development of the project, providing LNG transportation and all ground operations.

The LNG was supplied by Pivotal LNG, a leading supplier of marine LNG fuel in the United States, sourced from the Towanda liquefaction and storage facility, located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and operated by a Pivotal LNG subsidiary in partnership with REV LNG.

"We are delighted to see that the brand new Towanda plant is already proving its worth in the region," said Roger Williams, Vice President of LNG Business and Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG. "LNG holds great promise to support the maritime sector's emissions reduction targets, given Towanda's proximity to the Great Lakes."

The Quebec City-based Desgagnés shipping company was among the first shipping operators to adopt LNG in its fleet: five Canadian-flagged oil tankers, all operating in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway system, in eastern Canada and in the United States, as well as in the Canadian Arctic.

Source: Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority