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Canadian ice-class ferry given lasting Ecospeed protection

The Lomer-Gouin is an 88-meter, 4,233 tonne ice-class passenger ferry owned by the Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ). The ferry?s hull was coated with Ecospeed on the Isle-aux-Coudres in Québec, Canada, to give it full, long-lasting protection against damage from impact with ice while safely transporting passengers between the Canadian cities of Lévis and Québec. MV Lomer-Gouin was named for Québec's 13th premier, who later became lieutenant governor of the province. The vessel was built in the inaugural year of STQ and like all other ships owned by the company undergoes a meticulous maintenance program. Regular and rigorous inspections give information to mechanics about the necessary tune-ups or repairs. Each ship also has systems designed to protect the environment, more specifically to treat liquid waste and oil. While cutting across the St. Lawrence river, STQ ships hold out against the winds, the strength of the currents and the difficult ice conditions. They adapt themselves to the tides. This allows the transport of thousands of passengers and vehicles and the distribution of tons of goods from one shore to the other, even in harsh winter conditions.

Advantages of Ecospeed for ferries
Under normal operation, ferries have to drydock once a year to comply with classification regulations. During the busy tourist season these ferries need to be sailing to make money so the best time for drydocking is the off season when there are fewer passengers. For this reason the majority of these ferries come into drydock for a short time during the winter months. This short drydocking times give ferry operators little opportunity to take all the hull maintenance steps needed to reduce fuel consumption.
The use of Ecospeed on the underwater hulls opens the door to really optimizing fuel efficiency in between dockings. Ferries sail on a fixed route, so the ports they visit and the turnaround time is known in advance. Knowing the exact schedule makes it possible to implement a stricter underwater maintenance program. Ecospeed?s performance-enhancing benefits enable ferry operators to optimize the hulls and thus the fuel efficiency of their vessels. The smoothness attained by the coating provides best hydrodynamic conditions for the vessel to operate at maximum efficiency. In the case of ice-going ferries, Ecospeed has been shown to be the lowest friction ice class coating available. Ecospeed will therefore protect these vessels without the need for a full repainting during future drydockings. This is another very important benefit for ferry owners. Ecospeed allows them to keep the yearly drydock visit as short as possible, without having to take the coating into consideration.





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