Canadian dry bulk shipping company Fednav Limited has taken delivery of a new vessel from Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan.

The 34,500dwt Federal Biscay will be used to ship general cargo to the Great Lakes and bulk commodities, such as grain, from the Midwest to world markets.

The new vessel is equipped with a ballast water treatment system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation in Japan.

"This is a pivotal step in protecting the Great Lakes against invasive species and preserving biodiversity in the region."

The BallastAce will operate in both fresh and salt water using a filter and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) injection mechanism.

Earlier in April, the company revealed plans to equip twelve of its new ships with these systems.

Fednav Limited president and co-CEO Paul Pathy said: "

"Fednav is proud to be the first shipping company to deploy such systems, and we are pleased that the Federal Biscay is serving as a test ship for this technology."

Fednav will operate the BallastAce deployed vessels upon the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2016.

During the first six months of 2016, the system installed on the Federal Biscay will also test under this certification.

Currently, BallastAce is seeking approval for fresh, brackish, and salt water by the US Coast Guard, at the Great Ships Initiative (GSI) facility, Maritime Environmental Resource Centre (MERC).

The shipyard had delivered two 35,000dwt bulkers to the Canadian Shipbuilder in June 2012 and January 2013.

Additionally, Fednav had contracted Oshima Shipbuilding to build a pair of 55,000dwt bulk carriers which were scheduled to be delivered in June 2014.