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Desgagnés takes delivery of 2nd dual-fuel tanker

2017-12-21

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Québec City based Groupe Desgagnés announced it has taken delivery of the M/T Mia Desgagnés, whose construction was recently completed in Turkey. Representing an investment exceeding $50 million, the ship is a new-generation product tanker with state-of-the-art technology. Second in a series of four product carriers, it is custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul.
"The addition of the Mia Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet - as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés earlier this year - is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; it is the source of great pride" said Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, who adds: « The Damia Desgagnés and Mia Desgagnés once again tangibly demonstrate the extent of Desgagnés's vision and leadership with regards to sustainable development as well as its commitment to its clientele in order to offer a first-class, safe and more environmentally-friendly marine transportation service for petroleum products."
The Mia Desgagnés, sixth in a series of ship acquisitions by Desgagnés in 2017, is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker. It's the first in Canada of this type and it's most notable characteristic is that it can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has undeniable advantages in terms of sustainable development by drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, amongst others.
At the global level, the Mia Desgagnés is the first dual-fuel/LNG product/chemical tanker in service holding a Polar 7 ice class, confirming her capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters.

 

Also on the international scene, it is the first ship to navigate in all seas of the world equipped with it's own individual high-efficiency equipment for LNG bunkering, enabling the vessel to receive LNG by using up to 4 tanker trucks simultaneously. This unique feature enables her to be fuelled efficiently in any port where LNG cryogenic delivery trucks are available, providing her flexibility and unique world operation capabilities in dual-fuel mode. "The innovative bunkering system of the Mia Desgagnés, which will also be installed onboard our three other dual-fuel/LNG oil tankers, will contribute to stimulating the development of LNG distribution logistics in several ports, even those with limited infrastructure" Mr. Beaulieu specified.
The Mia Desgagnés is double-hulled and has a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft. It's cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 m3 at 98% capacity and is equipped with a Wartsila 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing 5,450 kW power. To ensure outstanding manoeuvrability and to optimize safety, it's equipped with a variable pitch-propeller, a 750kW bow thruster, a 550kW stern thruster and a dynamic positioning system.

 
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