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BC Ferries holds naming ceremony for two new LNG dual-fuel ferries

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BC Ferries has held the official naming ceremony for the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven – two 107 m long ferries, each capable of carrying 145 vehicles and 600 passengers and crew. Both vessels feature dual-fuel engines, capable of operating on both LNG and ultra-low sulfur diesel. Each vessel has two car decks and an estimated service life of approximately 40 yr.

The vessel sponsors for the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven are Michelle Letourneau (currently serving as a master on the routes serving the Southern Gulf Islands) and Jodi Gaudet (currently serving as the Chief Engineer on the MV Quinsam, which operates on the route between Nanaimo and Gabriola).

The President and CEO of BC Ferries, Mike Corrigan, said: “This ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of our three new Salish-Class vessels as they each take another step closer to entering our fleet.

“These vessels, named after the Coast Salish people and the Salish Sea, represent British Columbia’s rich coastal culture and heritage, and will serve coastal communities for many years to come.”

By utilising natural gas as fuel, the vessels will be able reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 9000 tpy, which is equivalent to removing 1900 passengers vehicles off of the road each year.

The Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven are the second and third of the Salish-Class series of vessels. The first – the Salish Orca – is scheduled to arrive in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, by the end of 2016. The Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven, meanwhile, are scheduled to arrive in early 2017 and the spring of 2017, respectively. All three of the vessels are expected to commence operation by the summer of 2017.

The Salish Orca will operate on the Comox-Powell route, whilst the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven will serve the Southern Gulf Islands.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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