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MV Federal Caribou with ballast water treatment system docks at Port of Burns Harbor

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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.

The Federal 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.

Other outstanding 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.

“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,” 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 maritime industry.”

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 highlight.”

Fednav’s principal 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 visit



Posted 8/24/2016




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