First LNG Ferry in North America Commissioned in Canada
The NM F.-A.-Gauthier, the first ferry to run on LNG in North America, was applauded by Gaz Metro as the first ship of any kind to run on LNG in Canada. By choosing natural gas as the fuel for its new admiral-ship, the Société des traversiers du Québec is reaching an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector and paving the way for local ship owners.
“In support of Québec’s Maritime Strategy, LNG is a concrete solution for fighting climate change and allows local ship owners to comply with the increasingly stringent standards regarding polluting emissions on North America’s waterways,” said Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro.
Following an agreement concluded in 2013, Gaz Métro was chosen as the LNG supplier to fuel three new Société des traversiers du Québec ferries, including the NM F.-A.-Gauthier. The ship is replacing the NM Camille-Marcoux for the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout ferry service.