In April 2016, Vancouver-based Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS) took delivery of the Mari Jone, the first-of-its kind MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. WFS had invited three shipping companies, Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and Westfal-Larsen Management (WL) to collaborate on the project and in December 2013 announced plans to commission three dual-fuel vessels – Mari Jone, Mari Boyle and Taranaki Sun.
The Mari Jone was named in honour of Jone Hognestad who at the time had served as Waterfront’s President for 17 years. We are very sad to report that Jone Hognestad died in a tragic accident in Pender Harbour this past weekend at the age of 67. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.