New Ferry Says Goodbye Diesel, Hello LNG

MONTREAL —  While some in trucking continue mulling over whether to switch at least a few of their trucks from diesel to natural gas, a little history was made Monday when first ferry to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America was commissioned in Canada.

The 133-meter long NM F.A.-Gauthier was launched by the Society of Quebec Ferries, replacing the NM Camille-Marcoux to ensure the sea link between Matane and Baie-Comeau.

Applauding the commissioning was Gaz Métro LNG, chosen earlier as the LNG supplier.

“By choosing natural gas as the fuel for its new admiral-ship, the Société des traversiers du Québec is reaching an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector and paving the way for local ship-owners to use a proven, high-performance and cleaner technology,” Gaz Metro said in a news release. “The use of liquefied natural gas makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared with marine diesel, in addition to almost completely eliminating fine particle emissions and other air pollutants.

According to the company, LNG motors are also quieter and produce less vibration, which is more respectful of marine life, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent compared with marine diesel

The new ferry can move up to 800 passengers and 185 vehicles at one time, including trucks. It features a bistro, shops, cafeteria, bar, children’s game room, meeting room, truckers lounge, plus passenger lounges with panoramic views and a sheltered space on one of the decks.

Gaz Metro will be providing LGN for two more Society of Quebec Ferries that will be assigned to the Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine crossing when completed and placed in service

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