Canada's First Dual-Fuel, Ice Class Product Tanker Delivered
Canadian company Desgagnés has taken delivery of the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the nation's first dual-fuel oil/product and chemical tanker. Notably, the ice class vessel can be powered by either heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or LNG.
The tanker is second in a series of four product carriers and was custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas shipyard located in Turkey.
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. She is also the first to sail globally equipped with her own individual equipment for LNG bunkering which can receive LNG by using up to four tanker trucks simultaneously. This unique feature enables her to be fuelled efficiently in any port where LNG cryogenic delivery trucks are available, says the company, providing her flexibility and unique world operation capabilities in dual-fuel mode.
The bunkering system will also be installed onboard three other dual-fuel/LNG oil tankers.
The Mia Desgagnés is double-hulled and has a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft. Her cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 m3 at 98 percent capacity. She is equipped with a Wärtsilä 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing 5,450 kW power. She is also equipped with a variable pitch-propeller, a 750kW bow thruster, a 550kW stern thruster and a dynamic positioning system.
The vessel represents an investment exceeding $50 million, of which almost $9 million was dedicated solely to the dual-fuel/LNG systems. The Québec Government made a $700,000 contribution to the project.
The Mia Desgagnés will perform her first deliveries in Europe prior to heading to North America.