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BC Ferries awards contract for LNG-fuelled vessel

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BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland, a contract to construct an additional LNG-fuelled vessel scheduled to go into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022.

BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland, a contract to construct an additional LNG-fuelled vessel scheduled to go into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022.

According to the statement, this vessel will be identical to the three Salish Class vessels built by Remontowa for BC Ferries in 2016, and will allow for the retirement of the diesel-fuelled Mayne Queen.

Captain Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries’ Vice President, Business Development & Innovation, said: “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.

“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 fuelled by natural gas.”

The agreement with Remontowa is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries 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 $92.3 million.

The vessel will be 107 m long, and capable of carrying at least 138 vehicles and 600 passengers and crew. In addition to this, it will be powered by three Wätsilä engines and electrically propelled by Schottel thrusters at each end, driven by an efficient gas-electric power plant.

Highlights of the Salish Class vessels include the following:

  • The use of natural gas as the primary fuel, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 – 25%, sulfur oxides by over 85%, nitrogen oxides by over 50%, and particulate matter by nearly 100%.
  • Electric propulsion that eliminates gear boxes and shaft.
  • Twin propellers that reduce cavitation.
  • Hull designed for very small wake.
  • Advanced hull coating that reduces flow disturbance and environmental leaching.
  • Engine management system that reduces machinery running.
  • Resilient engine mount that isolates structure borne noise.

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/small-scale-lng/03022020/bc-ferries-awards-contract-for-lng-fuelled-vessel/

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