BC Ferries back at Remontowa for further LNG-fueled ferry

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Latest ferry will be identical to three previous Salish Class vessels. Pictured here is second in series, Salish Eagle (Image: BC Ferries)

Canada’s BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland, a contract to build an additional liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled vessel. It will be identical to the three Salish Class vessels built by Remontowa for BC Ferries in 2016 and is scheduled to go into service in 2022.

The agreement with Remontowa is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that BC Ferries says provides it with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is approximately C$92.3 million about US $70 million).

“Our Clean Futures Plan is our path to replace diesel fuels with cleaner energy options. While this cannot be achieved in a single step, we are continually seeking energy sources that offer a cleaner, lower carbon-intensity option to displace non-renewable diesel,” said Captain Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries’ Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. “In our move towards a sustainable future, adopting LNG is one way to reduce our impact on the environment today. This new vessel will be our sixth ship fueled by natural gas.”

The 107-meter Salish Class vessel will have the capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. It will allow for the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fueled vessel. The ship will be powered by three Wärtsilä engines and electrically propelled by Schottel thrusters at each end.

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