REV LNG Begins Bunkering Operations at The Port of Hamilton

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REV LNG, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) services provider, recently completed the first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Great Lakes history at the Port of Hamilton's (POH) Pier 22 for the MV Demia Desgagnés. The operation is the result of a new partnership between REV LNG and the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority, who collectively have developed the capability to provide LNG fuel to the Great Lakes shipping market. The partnership will provide shipping companies with a safe and reliable fuel solution to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

REV LNG oversaw commercial and technical development of the project, sourced and transported LNG to the Port, and provided all shore-side bunkering operations. The 100,000 gallons of LNG required for the fueling was supplied from the Towanda LNG Liquefaction and Storage Facility, located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The new, state-of-the-art LNG production facility is owned and operated by an affiliate of Pivotal LNG, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission and Storage (BHE GT&S), in partnership with REV LNG. LNG from the Towanda facility is designated to support a variety of marine, utility and commercial & industrial markets.

“We couldn’t be happier to see that our new LNG facility in Towanda is already proving its value in the region,” said Roger Williams, Vice-President of Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG. “LNG holds great promise to support the emissions reduction goals of the marine industry. With Towanda’s proximity to the Great Lakes, LNG from Towanda can be a large part of that cleaner energy future.”

“REV LNG’s first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Hamilton is a demonstration of our company’s strong desire and ability to deliver firm and reliable LNG supply solutions to the marine market in the Great Lakes region,” said Dave Kailbourne, CEO of REV LNG. “We are proud to play an active role in facilitating the transition to LNG bunkering in this important marine market. As we look to the future, we anticipate growing our customer base at the Port of Hamilton-Oshawa and building new partnerships with other vessel owners and key stakeholders.”

“Ports in Canada and around the world are working to bring LNG facilities online to support and attract the growing number of ships being constructed to operate on this cleaner fuel source,” said Ian Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. “This includes over $2 billion spent by Canadian ship operators in recent years to decrease their environmental footprint. This enhanced capability puts the POH at the forefront of efforts to reduce GHGs in line with the new IMO targets.”

“We are proud to help expand the availability of LNG supply to North American shipping companies, which is the culmination of efforts by many contributors including our customer Petro-Nav, as well as the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. This could not have happened without both parties being incredibly supportive of making this milestone a reality,” Kailbourne concluded.

Desgagnés’ leadership echoed Kailbourne’s sentiment, “Our LNG-fueled fleet has now expanded to five Canadian flagged tankers all operating in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway system, Eastern Canada, and the U.S. as well as the Canadian Arctic,” said Jacques Beauchamp, President, Petro-Nav Inc. (a subsidiary of Desgagnés). “We are proud to be leaders in energy efficient, low emission, low carbon marine transportation. We are especially excited to participate with the Port of Hamilton and Rev LNG in this first marine LNG bunkering location in the Great Lakes.”

GAC Bunker Fuels, the world’s only bunkering company with integrated ISO 9001, 14001, and 45001 certifications for bunker procurement, which also covers LNG as a marine fuel, assisted with coordinating market outreach and will continue to play a key role in promoting the Hamilton LNG fueling facility.

“GAC Bunker Fuels is pleased to see HOPA, Desgagnes, and our LNG supply partners Pivotal LNG and REV LNG establish LNG bunkering infrastructure on the Great Lakes, further bolstering the case for our shipping customers to make the switch to clean and affordable LNG marine fuel,” said Nicholas Browne, Global Director at GAC.