Photo: MV Damia Desgagnés; Source: HOPA

First-ever LNG bunkering at Port of Hamilton

A new partnership between the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) and REV LNG has enabled marine vessels to refuel with LNG during any stopover at Hamilton Port.

The first vessel to do so is the MV Damia Desgagnés which carried a load of asphalt docked at the Port of Hamilton’s Pier 22 to refuel before departing for Detroit.

From now on, marine vessels will be able to refuel with LNG at Hamilton Port. HOPA said that this was a major milestone in the energy evolution of the Great Lakes marine shipping industry, which was looking for new ways to reduce GHGs and advance environmental goals.

HOPA CEO Ian Hamilton said: “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.

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”.

Dave Kailbourne, CEO of REV LNG, added: “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”.

Pivotal LNG also supported the project with LNG supply from the recently operational Towanda liquefaction and storage facility in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The facility is owned and operated by an affiliate of Pivotal LNG in partnership with REV LNG.

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system is an important part of this international network. Although LNG supply chains are still relatively new in the Great Lakes, demand for LNG is growing as shipowners work to meet or exceed national climate targets for GHG reduction and improved air quality, in addition to those set by the IMO.