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The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre of the Corporation of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots has conducted an analysis of the integration of LNG carriers in existing traffic.

The study was based on actual traffic in 2005. For every day of 2005, the study determined the possible windows of passage of an LNG carrier, both upriver and downriver. The conditions to be met for the transit of LNGCs were taken into consideration in particular for negotiation of the North Traverse.

The study concluded that the days when transit towards the terminal could not have taken place were extremely rare – only two days in 2005. The days when transit would have been limited to a single passage were also rare, only five days. The reasons were the large number of transits during these days and the scheduling of the passage of other ships during the day. No restriction for transits downriver (away from the terminal) came to light. This study even showed that the average number of possible transits was between five and fifteen a day in each direction.

The arrival of an LNGC every six days on the St. Lawrence would thus have no impact on the existing commercial traffic, especially since LNGC arrivals are planned and scheduled ahead of time.


  Document presented at the hearings of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement as part of the RABASKA project
 
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