North America's First LNG Ferry Officially Commissioned

Wednesday July 15, 2015

North America's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ship has officially been commissioned in Canada, Quebec-based Gaz Métro announced this week. 

The F.A. Gauthier is reportedly the first of three new LNG ferries ordered by Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), and will serve the route between Matane, Baie-Comeau, and Godbout on the St. Lawrence seaway.

The two other ships will reportedly operate on the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine crossing.

Gaz Métro will be the LNG supplier for all three ships, the company said. 

"In support of Quebec's Maritime Strategy, LNG is a concrete solution for fighting climate change and allows local shipowners 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.

It was reported in April that the F.A. Gauthier had left Fincantieri's shipyard in Naples and was on its way to Canada