Fednav Limited, the
largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, welcomed one of its seven
new oceangoing lakers to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Tuesday.
The MV Federal
Caribou is equipped with a ballast water treatment system--the first of
its kind on the Great Lakes--which protects the Lakes by treating ballast
water twice: first by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and then
through filtration and a chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship, Fednav
said in a statement released late on Tuesday.
Caribou is one of a series of 16 Handysize vessels, representing an
investment by Fednav of more than $400 million and designed specifically for
the Great Lakes. Fednav has one of the most modern fleets of bulk carriers
in the world, with an average age of under 10 years, while the Federal
Caribou and its sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to
facilitate the handling of general cargo.
In April 2015,
Fednav announced an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the
installation of ballast water treatment systems (BallastAce) on board its
new ocean-going lakers. The Federal Caribou is one of those ships,
and its voyage to Burns Harbor highlights the fact that Fednav is the first
shipping company on the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard
system. JFE is now pursuing US Coast Guard certification, with expected
approval in 2017.
environmental characteristics of these vessels include the following:
*25 percent fewer
greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago.
*A more than
15-percent decrease of nitrogen oxide emissions.
*A CLEAN notation
from the DNV/GL classification society.
confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav and
demonstrates the confidence we have in the region's future,” said Paul Pathy,
President and Co-CEO of Fednav, at a ceremony on board ship. “These ships
will allow us to offer our customers in Indiana and throughout the region an
unparalleled service at a higher standard.”
“We commend and
congratulate Fednav for its commitment to make these long-term investments
that benefit so many on the Great Lakes,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the
Ports of Indiana. “The company has always taken the Lake's environment very
seriously and being the first to outfit its newer ships with on-board
ballast water treatment systems further validates just how committed it
really is. We are proud to call Fednav a 'true partner' at our port on Lake
Michigan and salute the company for its innovation and leadership in the
A spokesperson for
the Northwest Indiana Forum, meanwhile, expressed her gladness to
participate in Tuesday’s event. “The Northwest Forum works to build economic
development in the seven-county Northwest Indiana region in harmony with
environmental protection,” said Kay Nelson, the Forum’s director of
environmental affairs. “Being a part of the celebration to protect the
health and well-being of the Great Lakes is an exciting story and
activities include the transport of bulk and general cargo worldwide. The
company operates a fleet of about 85 vessels and has offices in Antwerp,
Barbados, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and Tokyo, with regional
offices in Canada and the U.S. Fednav also has terminal, logistics, ice
analysis, and shipping agency services and divisions. It employs 280 people
and nearly 2000 crew members and stevedores. For more information, please