AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) launched its first shipment two years ago. The vessel departed Prince Rupert on May 23, 2019, bound for Asia. As the first propane export operation in Canada, the RIPET project was designed to export up to 1.2 million tonnes of propane per year. AltaGas partnered with Astomos Energy Corporation in a long-term offtake contract for 50 per cent of the anticipated throughput. The Astomos fleet of 21 Very Large Gas Carriers includes the Maple Gas, named in recognition of the Canadian operation. AltaGas also partnered with SAAM Towage Canada to provide escorting and berthing services using the SST Tsimshian Warrior — the first IMO Tier IIII emissions-compliant escort tug on the West Coast designed by Robert Allan Ltd.