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LNG dual-fuel vessel sets sail for B.C.

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BC Ferries has announced that the Salish Raven – the third and final LNG dual-fuel Salish Class vessel – has departed Gdansk, Poland, for its final destination, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

The vessel will embark on a 10 440 nautical mile journey, which should take 45 – 55 days, depending on the weather. It will stop for refuelling at Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, as well as Panama City, Panama. It will transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to reach B.C.

BC Ferries’ first dual-fuel vessel – the Salish Orca – will commence service on the Powell River – Comox route next month. The company’s second Salish Class vessel – the Salish Eagle – meanwhile, will commence service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June. The Salish Raven is scheduled to be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in Autumn 2017.

The President and CEO of BC Ferries, Mark Collins, said: “This is a major milestone in our newbuild program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia.

“With these new vessels, we continue to move towards standardisation of our fleet, which offers interoperability and lower crew training and maintenance costs, and also enhances safety.”

Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell has designed artwork to adorn the new vessel. This will be applied once it arrives in B.C., as the winter weather temperatures in Poland are not ideal for its application.

BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of the vessel after final inspection is carried out upon its arrival in B.C. Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. is responsible for delivering the vessel to B.C., and has contracted with a professional international ship delivery specialist. Some of BC Ferries crewmembers are on various legs of the journey for both training and familiarisation purposes.

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