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LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

LNG: the fuel of the future for container ships, or a ‘disastrous’ option?

By Mike Wackett

By the end of next year, 20-25 per cent of the global containership fleet will be fitted with scrubbers, enabling those vessels to consume lower-cost heavy fuel oil (HFO) blends, predicts Alphaliner. Moreover, it expects 2M alliance partners Maersk and MSC to have their combined 62-strong 18,000-23,000 TEU ULCV fleet to be equipped with scrubbers by 2021.

After 1 January, it will be illegal for ships to bunker fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 per cent, unless they are fitted with exhaust gas cleaning ‘scrubber’ systems. The consultant said that, at 15 October, the number of containerships already fitted with scrubbers was 142, “with a long line being retrofitted or waiting to enter yards”. (more…)

Port of Trois-Rivières: A driver of growth through innovation

Port of Trois-Rivières: A driver of growth through innovation

Over the past decade, Port of Trois-Rivières and its partners have invested $ 132 million to modernize existing infrastructure. Although these investments have resulted in a 40 per cent increase in port terminal capacity, these facilities are now almost fully utilized.

While the Port continues to be approached by many shippers who wish to call on the port, and while current customers have continuing needs to utilize port facilities, the Port must be innovative to meet the rising demand. In addition, the Port must be versatile and show agility to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of its customers. (more…)

Port of Trois-Rivières: Developing the waterfront – Balancing economic, environmental and social objectives

Port of Trois-Rivières: Developing the waterfront – Balancing economic, environmental and social objectives

One of the flagship projects of On Course for 2030 is the development of the waterfront. Indeed, like many ports around the world, Port of Trois-Rivières aims to turn over part of its facilities for commercial, residential and recreational tourism purposes, to consolidate the historical link and harmonious co-existence between the port and the city. (more…)

Port of Trois-Rivières: Hason builds oversized parts assembly plant for petrochemical industry

Port of Trois-Rivières: Hason builds oversized parts assembly plant for petrochemical industry

Hason Steel and the Port of Trois-Rivières have reached an agreement for the construction of an oversized parts assembly plant for the petrochemical industry. Some forty permanent jobs will result from this project. The new project will be part of the development of the industrial-port zone of Trois-Rivières.

The port of Trois-Rivières, with close proximity to the construction site, was the logical choice for Hason. The company will carry out its reactor assembly operations at its new plant, and transport modules to the port to ship them assembled to customers around the world.

“By shipping its reactors in one piece by boat, Hason sets itself apart from its competitors, offers added value to its customers and is able to access new markets. We are proud to be a key part of this innovation,” said Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of Port of Trois-Rivières.