HOPA & Rev LNG Usher in LNG Bunkering at the Port of Hamilton, A first in the Great Lakes
For the first time ever on the Great Lakes, a marine vessel refueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). Carrying a load of asphalt, the MV Damia Desgagnés docked at the Port of Hamilton’s Pier 22 to refuel before departing for Detroit. As a result of a new partnership between the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority and REV LNG, marine vessels will now be able to refuel with liquefied natural gas during any stopover at Hamilton Port. This is a major milestone in the energy evolution of the Great Lakes marine shipping industry, which is looking for new ways to reduce GHGs and advance environmental goals.
LNG is a cleaner alternative to conventional oil-based bunker fuel, which can achieve GHG reductions in the entire well-to-wake lifecycle by up to 21 per cent. It also improves air quality by eliminating 100 per cent of sulfur (SOX), 90 per cent of NOX and all particulate matter.
In 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) set out new targets for marine fleets to cut GHG emissions (or carbon intensity per ton of cargo moved) by 40 per cent by 2030, and by 70 per cent by 2050. Shipping is a backbone of the global economy, and 90 per cent of world trade travels via ship on waterways across the globe.
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.