Norman MacMillan, Minister for Transport and responsible for the Outaouais region, and Georges Farrah, President and Chief Executive Officer of la Société des traversiers du Québec, unveiled the design and technology choices for the construction of the vessels. The meeting was also attended by Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, the company in charge of transportation and distribution of natural gas in Quebec.
Tadoussac‘s ships, which will be delivered by the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, will have a vehicle capacity of 47% more than the current ones. Each one will be able to carry 440 passengers and 110 cars; whereas the Matane’s ferry will have a capacity of 800 passengers and 180 automobiles.
“I am very pleased with this announcement. Greater use of liquefied natural gas meets the sustainable development needs of the Ministère des Transports perfectly and is part of our government’s objectives to reduce greenhouse gases. This is a concrete gesture to decrease oil dependence and to replace it with a cleaner form of energy. In addition, it plays a pivotal role in Eastern Québec’s economy,” explained MacMillan.
Source: Gaz Métro