Interlake Steamship converts Mesabi Miner to duel fuel

By KBJR News 1

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Going green on the Great Lakes is a growing trend, and the Interlake Steamship Company is now adding the concept to its fleet.

The Mesabi Miner is slated to be the first ship the company is converting to use either liquefied natural gas or diesel as fuel.

It will also be the first such dual-fuel ship on the lakes.

The dual-fuel system will allow the Mesabi Miner to use either low-sulfur diesel, or natural gas, depending on the best price at the time.

Natural gas contains virtually no sulfur and produces less carbon dioxide than burning diesel fuel.

“This is a great fuel, its safe; it has been used around the world for over 40 years,” Jim Sharrow, of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said. “It is inexpensive so it will assist with keeping the industry competitive.”

The original plan was to complete the conversion by 2015, but the project has been pushed back one year.