M/V Asterix becomes Canada’s “greenest naval ship”

Canadian Navy’s future naval fleet auxiliary vessel M/V Asterix has joined Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.

By doing so, the Federal Fleet Services-operated oiler became the first naval oiler to join the certification program.

“It’s the greenest naval ship ever built in Canada,” stated Spencer Fraser, Federal Fleet Services’ CEO. “It has a double hull and a deck specifically designed for spill prevention, along with the latest innovations such as Terragon’s MAGS system for the safe and green disposal of garbage.”

The Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) is an environmentally safe technology for the conversion of a variety of combustible materials into thermal energy for the ship’s use. The M/V Asterix is also ready to receive a ballast water treatment system once IMO regulations come into force.

Asterix is a former containership which arrived at Chantier Davie’s shipyard in Lévis for conversion into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship in October 2015. M/V Asterix is set to enter into service with the Royal Canadian Navy by the end of this year.

“We’re delighted to welcome Federal Fleet Services,” commented David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “We visited the vessel at the Davie shipyard and were impressed by all of the attention to detail that went into this conversion.”