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Canadian ferry converted to LNG

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Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA has announced that the Spirit of Vancouver ferry has successfully departed the yard following the completion of a mid-life upgrade, including the conversion of the vessel to LNG.

The BC Ferries owned vessel entered the shipyard on 15 October last year. It has since undergone modernisation, upgrade and machinery conversion, completed in February of this year. The vessel then began its journey across the Atlantic, the Panama Canal and a passage along the west coast of North America to Richmond, Canada.

The Spirit of Vancouver is the sister ship of the Spirit of British Columbia, and is the second Spirit class ferry to have had its propulsion system converted at Remontowa SA from traditional diesel to LNG.

According to the statement, the shipyard equipped each Spirit class ferry with four new dual-fuel Wärtislä 8L34DF main engines and a cryogenic tank. Currently, the ship’s engine room is dual-fuel, adapted to be fed both with low-sulfur diesel oil and natural gas (stored as LNG) as the main fuel. Other upgrades included the renewal of navigation and propulsion equipment, as well as passenger areas.

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