Low noise and emissions tanker concept

Sep 06 2019

The Canadian Government is to invest up to Can$30 mill to support the development of the world’s first low-noise and low-emissions tanker.

This will be achieved by working towards an Agreement in Principle (AiP) with Vancouver-based Teekay Shipping (Canada).

By joining Teekay, this provides access to private sector expertise and capital to deploy new technologies on low-emission and low-noise crude oil tankers operating in Canadian waters, the Transportation Ministry said.

The crude oil tanker will be equipped with the latest proven quiet technologies and powered by Canadian LNG. To limit emissions and ensure the best outcome for marine life, the vessel will have specific design targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and reduce noise by up to 90%, compared to conventional tankers.

An AiP agreed with Teekay aligns with the Government’s promise to work with the shipping industry to develop and deploy the best available technologies and practices, the Ministry added.

Working together will support a safe, clean and efficient marine transportation system that improves marine safety and responsible shipping, and reduces emissions to improve air quality, while supporting economic growth, it added.

Canadian Minister of Transport, Hon Marc Garneau, said;“Our Government takes the protection of endangered marine species very seriously. This initiative is a unique opportunity to advance low noise technology in a deepsea commercial fleet, and a key component of the long term plan to mitigate the impacts of shipping on the Southern Resident killer whale. This is an important step for Canada’s plan to decrease overall noise in the region as findings are evaluated, shared broadly and applied to other vessels.”

“Protecting the iconic Southern Resident killer whale and bio-diversity is a priority for our government. From designating new critical habitat to fisheries measures that help increase their prey, our government has taken action to recover this species. Today’s announcement will help mitigate noise disturbances and builds on the protection measures we already have in place to address the threats these whales are facing,”added Hon Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Kenneth Hvid, President & CEO Teekay Corp, said;“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with the Government of Canada in the development of environmentally leading marine shipping technology.As the largest marine shipping company in Canada, headquartered in Vancouver, we are uniquely aware of the local needs and challenges requiring new industry solutions. This is an opportunity to bring Canada to the forefront of safe and environmentally responsible shipping, not only here at home but around the globe.”


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