Fednav welcomes new ship featuring innovative ballast system at Port of Indiana


Fednav Limited’s sails Federal Caribou into the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, welcomed the Federal Caribou to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor August 23. The vessel is one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system—a first for the Great Lakes. This vessel protects the Lakes by treating its ballast water two times: by conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic and through the filtration and a chlorine disinfection of the system.

The Federal Caribou is part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels, representing an investment by Fednav of more than $400 million, designed specifically for the Great Lakes. The company is the leading international operator in the Great Lakes, has one of the most modern fleets of bulk carriers in the world, the average age being under 10 years. Of particular interest, the Federal Caribou and her sister-ships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitate the handling of general cargo.

In April 2015, Fednav announced the signing of an agreement with JFE Engineering Corporation for the installation of ballast water treatment systems (BallastAce) onboard its new ocean-going lakers. The Federal Caribou is one of those ships, and the voyage to Burns Harbor highlights the fact that Fednav is the first shipping company in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system. JFE is now pursuing U.S. Coast Guard certification, with expected approval in 2017.

Other outstanding environmental characteristics of these vessels include:

  • 25 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago
  • A decrease of over 15 percent nitrogen oxide emissions
  • A CLEAN notation from the DNV/GL classification society

At the ceremony onboard the ship, Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited and Chairman of Federal Marine Terminals said: “This vessel confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav and demonstrates the confidence we have in the region’s future. 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 onboard 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 maritime industry.”

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