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Number of greener vessels on the rise


Oceanex has taken delivery of the Oceanex Connaigra, Canada’s largest Con/Ro ship – a hybrid container and roll-on/roll-off vessel. The new ship arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in October. With a total 13,700 square metres of available space and deadweight of 19,300 tons, the Oceanex Connaigra is designed to carry containers ranging 20 to 53 feet in length, as well as trucks, trailers, automobiles and oversized cargo. Classified a “clean ship” by DNV, the Oceanex Connaigra already meets the stricter environmental regulations scheduled to take effect in 2015.

The Algoma Equinox set sail from China on October 1st. She is expected to arrive in Canada by the end of November. The Algoma Equinox is the first in a series of eight Equinox Class vessels being built at the Nantong Mingde shipyard. The Equinox Class ships have been designed to improve fuel efficiency by 45% and optimize all performance aspects to minimize the ship’s environmental impact. A fully integrated exhaust gas scrubber will remove 97% of all sulphur oxides emissions. This is the first IMO-approved, integrated scrubber on a Great Lakes-St. Lawrence vessel.

The Société des traversiers du Québec commissioned the MV Peter Fraser for the L’Isle-Verte ? Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs crossing in late October. This is the first ferry in Canada to be equipped with a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. Its use of battery power is at the forefront of green technologies. Built by the Forillon shipyard in Gaspé, the ferry can accommodate 70 passengers, 12 cars and dozens of bicycles. It has a passenger lounge on the main deck and a glass roof observation deck with a panoramic view.

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) held a celebration October 7th to salute the maiden voyage of the fourth newly built Trillium Class laker, the MV Baie Comeau, to her namesake city. During her first voyage to the City of Baie Comeau, she discharged grain loaded from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Like all Trillium Class vessels, the Baie Comeau represents the next generation of self-unloaders. Employing leading-edge technology, she is designed to provide overall operational efficiency. To achieve her dual objectives to meet customers’ evolving needs and protect the environment, she uses less fuel, releases significantly fewer emissions, and minimizes cargo residue.

Ocean will christen its newest vessel on December 13th at the Port of Quebec. The TundRA 100 is the most powerful harbour tug ever built in Canada. Its hull is treated with an Ecospeed coating from Hydrex – a highly resistant, non-toxic and long-enduring substance that enables Ocean to reduce its environmental footprint. The boat will spend the winter in Quebec City, after which it will be entered into North Shore service as a harbour and escort tug. The new tug was first successfully put into water October 18th at the shipyard in l’Ilse-aux-Coudres.

Port of Québec consolidates approach to sustainable development

The Québec Port Authority (QPA) took another important step in terms of its sustainable development by entrusting the development of a strategy to Johanne Gélinas of the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Gélinas previously held the position of Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development within the Canadian government, and was a commissioner at the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE), the agency responsible for holding public environmental hearings, in Quebec. “Making the Port of Québec a leader in sustainable development was a commitment I made when I took the helm two years ago,” said Mario Girard, QPA’s president and CEO. “We have already taken steps in this direction, such as the establishment of a community relations committee, but now we want to build a structured framework that will be a foundation for our activities. This is the natural evolution of our vision.” Gélinas’s team will start by identifying the port’s most pressing sustainable development issues. This approach will include not only an analysis of international best practices implemented by large ports that are leaders in this realm, but also consultations with QPA stakeholders to obtain the most accurate portrait of the current situation and identify potential risks and opportunities. The assessment will make it possible to establish strategic goals for sustainable development, enabling the QPA to prioritize the actions required to further position itself as a responsible company. The entire process will be interactive and will involve community stakeholders.


The Eco-Action program recognizes Green Marine participants’ efforts

The program provides recognition and financial incentives (such as reduced port fees) to all vessels – including coastal freighters and tugs – that use cleaner fuel or emissions-reducing technology while calling on or operating within the port. The Eco-Action program recognizes the environmental assessments and efforts being done by Green Marine participants to minimize emissions. One way to attain Eco-Action’s Gold category, for example, is to meet Green Marine’s top Level 5 standard for reducing sulphur oxides and a Level 2 or higher achievement for all other emission-reduction criteria. Eco-Action is part of PMV’s goal of reducing overall emissions – an objective it tracks by conducting a Comprehensive Air Emissions Inventory every five years (with the last report published for 2010).


Shore power arrives at the Port of Halifax

The Port of Halifax will be the first port in Atlantic Canada to implement shore power for cruise ships, beginning with the 2014 cruise season. Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked. This initiative represents the second shore power installation for cruise ships in Canada. This project represents a $10-million cooperative initiative: Transport Canada will contribute up to $5 million to the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax will each contribute an additional $2.5 million. Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling by 7%, and will contribute to improved air quality and human health. This percentage is expected to increase over time as more ships equipped for shore power use the facilities. The 7% reduction represents an annual decrease of approximately 123,000 litres of fuel and 370,000 kg of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.


Desgagnés receives recycling certification

The MV Camilla Desgagnés has been awarded the highest distinction under the ICI ON RECYCLE! (Here we recycle) program—Performance Level 3 attestation, Silver echelon. The award constitutes official Québec government recognition, instituted by RECYC-QUÉBEC to acknowledge outstanding efforts by industries, businesses and institutions that have implemented responsible in-house garbage management measures. The Camilla Desgagnés is the first ship to receive Performance Level 3 attestation due, primarily, to the efforts of its crew but also land-based support staff and Groupe Desgagnés management. The many measures targeting awareness, at-source reduction, reuse and recycling enabled it to reach a reuse and recycling rate for garbage generated by ship operations of 84.2%. As a result, this ship, which services the Canadian arctic, has been able to significantly reduce the amount of garbage destined for landfill sites and, consequently, reduce its environmental footprint. This outstanding achievement by the MV Camilla Desgagnés is one of the many components of Groupe Desgagnés’s strategic plan designed to increase the rate of recycling garbage generated by the company’s operations, as required by the Green Marine environmental program’s new garbage management performance indicator.

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