The final commissioning of the MV Armand-Imbeau II took place at the Chantier Davie Canada shipyard in June this year. It measures 92 m long, and will operate on LNG as fuel.
Wärtsilä delivered a fully integrated system consisting of the dual-fuel engines, the fuel storage, control and supply system, and extended project management. By operating the vessel on LNG, STQ – Québec Province ferries operator – will minimise the environmental impact of its operations. The decision is also in line with the Québec’s Maritime Strategy, which aims to protect the integrity of the province’s river and marine ecosystem.
Wilco van der Linden, General Manager, Cruise & Ferries, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “Once again, Wärtsilä’s unique ability to act as a single-source provider of products, automated systems, and integrated solutions delivers real value to both the owners and the shipyard. The depth of our experience in providing LNG solutions is unmatched in the marine industry, and our advanced technologies are designed to overcome the operational cost and regulatory compliance challenges that operators face today.”
François Bertrand, interim CEO of STQ, added: “At the Société des traversiers du Québec we are committed to protecting the marine environment in which we operate. For this reason, we were the first ferry operator in Canada to welcome a LNG-fuelled ferry in 2015, and following this current delivery, we still have a third LNG ferry on order. All of them feature Wärtsilä equipment. Apart from their LNG systems, their technology allows us to operate year round, despite the ice conditions.”
Jared Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer, Chantier Davie Canada Inc., said: “This delivery marks a shipbuilding milestone as it is the first LNG-fuelled ferry ever built in North America. We are very proud to have succeeded with this project, and we thank Wärtsilä for its excellent support in making it possible.”
The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply comprises four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, control and supply system, an integrated automation system (IAS), the power management system (PMS), the electric drive system, the Wärtsilä communication and control centre, on-site management and project integration engineering.
The vessel will operate on the Saguenay river on the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine route. It is able to carry over 430 passengers and 110 cars, or 16 tractor units.
Previously, Wärtsilä claims that it supplied the dual-fuel engines and LNGPac system for MV F.-A.-Gauthier, the first LNG-fuelled ferry owned by STQ. It was constructed in Italy, and ultimately delivered in 2015.
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