MAY 16, 2013 — Chantier Davie Canada Inc., Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, says it has finalized a two-ship contract with La Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), which is owned by the Government of Quebec.
According to Le Journal de Montreal, the contract is valued at $125 million
When they are delivered by the third quarter of 2015, the two dual-fuel LNG Ro-Pax ferries will operate on the St. Lawrence River on the Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine route.
At 92.0 m long, each vessel will have over 625 lane meters across two decks, allowing the transport of over 115 vehicles or 10 heavy goods vehicles. The dual-fuel engines will be supplied by Wärtsilä.
A shipyard spokesman indicated that the contract would require an additional 400 staff at the shipyard, with employment growing to around 900 next year.
Alan Bowen, CEO of Davie commented, "This project has been a long time in the planning and we are very excited to now begin construction. The dual-fuel LNG engines are a perfect fit with Davie's specialization in advanced propulsion and vessel maneuvering systems. The ferries will provide an environmentally friendly solution for the province of Quebec for many years to come."