DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Mesabi Miner freighter is lined up to become the first dual-fuel ship on the Great Lakes able to run on either liquefied natural gas or ultra-low-sulfur diesel.
Shipping officials tell the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/15kjNhk ) it’s the wave of the future to meet emissions standards.
The Mesabi Miner is slated to be Interlake Steamship Company’s first ship to make the switch as it converts its fleet from engines that burn heavy fuel oil to engines that can run on liquefied natural gas.
Interlake had hoped to convert its first ship by spring 2015 but has pushed that back at least a year. It’s talking to shipyards around the Great Lakes about replacing the freighter’s engines. Four large tanks to store LNG will be mounted vertically on the ship’s stern.
Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com