August 30, 2019

The Government of Canada supports the design of a low-noise, low-emission tanker

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced August 30th that the Canadian government is funding the design of an LNG-fueled tanker that will be up to 90% quieter than traditional tankers.

The Government of Canada recognizes that marine species, including the Southern resident killer whale, are negatively affected by underwater noise from vessels. Acoustic disturbances can reduce their ability to effectively navigate, find prey, and/or communicate with each other, while also causing stress. The Canadian government is taking action through the Quiet Vessel Initiative to reduce underwater noise, protect the marine environment, and foster the development of new technology, quieter vessel designs, as well as operational practices to reduce underwater noise.

The government is committing to invest up to $30 million to support the development of the world’s first low-noise, low-emission tanker, working toward an agreement in principle with Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd., which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This cutting-edge tanker for transporting crude oil will be equipped with the latest proven quiet technologies and powered by Canadian liquefied natural gas. 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 noise by up to 90% as compared to conventional tankers.

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