Energy provider Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal have announced that a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply solution for marine fuel will now be available at the Port of Montreal, Canada.

Following the inauguration of M/T Damia Desgagnés, the very first Groupe Desgagnés vessel able to be fuelled by LNG, Groupe Desgagnés, Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal have joined forces to develop an LNG supply system.

The system will be available to all ship-owners in Quebec, including the fleets passing through the Port of Montreal, an important milestone for the entire maritime transport sector.

President and CEO of Gaz Métro, Sophie Brochu, said, “I would like to commend the leadership and vision of Groupe Desgagnés, which was the first commercial ship-owner to order vessels destined to navigate in Québec able to use LNG as marine fuel.”

“LNG is currently one of the best solutions available to replace petroleum products in the maritime sector, due to its environmental assets. In particular, it respects new Canadian and international maritime transportation standards that aim to minimise the emission of air pollutants, nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide,” Brochu added.

Gaz Métro and the Port of Montreal hope that the availability of LNG supply solutions will be a first step in encouraging ship-owners to follow the lead taken by Groupe Desgagnés and, in turn, move toward this efficient, cost-effective and clean option.

Groupe Desgagnés is a Quebec conglomerate reputed for the excellence of its maritime and land operations. It is headquartered in Quebec City, with subsidiaries at major Canadian ports, in the Middle and Lower North Shore regions, and in the Eastern Canadian Arctic.