Canada-based bulk shipowner Fednav has welcomed a new oceangoing laker, Federal Caribou, to the Port of Indiana’s Burns Harbour.

Part of a series of 16 handysize vessels, the newly received vessel is equipped with a ballast water treatment system, BallastAce, to protect the Great Lakes in North America by treating its ballast water twice.

The ballast water treatment system conducts an exchange in the North Atlantic and allows filtration and chlorine disinfection treatment on the ship.

"This vessel confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav."

Fednav has made an investment of more than $400m in the 16 handysize vessels, designed specifically for the Great Lakes.    

Fednav president and co-CEO Paul Pathy 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.”

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In April last year, the company entered into an agreement with JFE Engineering for the installation of ballast water treatment systems, BallastAce, on-board its new oceangoing lakers.

The new ocean-going vessels emit 25% less greenhouse gas than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago.

The vessels, which received a clean notation from the DNV/GL classification society, also help decrease of over 15% nitrogen oxide emissions.

Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper said: “We commend and congratulate Fednav for its commitment to make these long-term investments that benefit so many on the Great Lakes.

“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.”

The Ports of Indiana currently manages three ports, on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan.

Image: Fednav’s new oceangoing laker. Photo: courtesy of Ports of Indiana.