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Wärtsilä to provide LNG equipment for BC Ferries’ latest vessel

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Wärtsilä has announced that it has won a contract to provide an integrated system consisting of the LNG plant, dual-fuel engines and electrical propulsion system for BC Ferries’ latest Salish Class vessel.

Three similar ferries, which are all operating on Wärtsilä LNG-fuelled engines, have already been delivered. As with the previous three ferries, Remontowa Shipbuilding (RSB), located in Gdansk, Poland, will also construct this latest ship. According to the statement, the order with Wärtsilä was placed in January this year.

Wilco van der Linden, Director of Business Development, Ferry Industry at Wärtsilä, said: “The very best endorsement of customer satisfaction is repeat orders, and this latest contract further strengthens the partnership between our three companies. The decision by BC Ferries to again select RSB as the yard, and to opt for Wärtsilä’s proven and well-established LNG propulsion technology, provides clear confirmation of the efficiency of Wärtsilä’s integrated solution concept. It also shows that the performance of the vessel provided by the Wärtsilä solution, and based on the design by Remontowa Marine Design and Consulting (RMDC), delivers great operational benefits to the owner.”

Mark Collins, President and CEO of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., added: “We are proud to extend our fleet of environmentally sustainable and highly efficient Salish Class ferries. The Wärtsilä LNG solutions enable us to reliably serve our customers while helping to protect the pristine waters of British Columbia.”

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply includes: three Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines operating on LNG fuel; a Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system; and the Wärtsilä Low Loss Concept (LLC). The LLC is a power distribution system that delivers higher efficiency, less weight and volume, and high system redundancy. The equipment is scheduled to arrive at the yard in 3Q20.

According to the statement, BC Ferries’ Salish Class vessels are 107 m long, and are designed to carry 600 passengers and crew, as well as up to 138 vehicles. They serve routes between the city of Vancouver and ports on Vancouver Island.

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