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Seaspan welcomes two new dual-fuel ferries to its fleet

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Seaspan Ferries Corp. (SFC) has announced that it has held a double commissioning ceremony at its Tilbury Terminal for two new, state-of-the-art, dual-fuelled/hybrid (LNG, diesel and battery) vessels.

The two vessels – Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant – are the first eco-ferries of their kind in North America and were formally christened by sponsors Christy Clark (Premier of British Columbia) and Anisa White (wife of Doug White III, Councillor and Chief Negotiator for Snuneymuxw First Nation).

The President of SFC, Steve Roth, said: “April 9, 2017 will be remembered as a historic milestone for Seaspan Ferries and we are extremely fortunate to have two sponsors who represent our connection to both the past and future to help bring our new vessels to life.

“First Nations communities have a deep and sacred connection to the sea, and together, we share the responsibilities and commitment to keeping our pristine waters safe and clean. At the same time, we take great pride in the role we play as an economic driver for British Columbia by investing in new technology and equipment that keeps goods moving and creates both direct and indirect jobs.”

Christy Clark added: “In job creation, reliability, and marine transportation, Seaspan has always been a leader – and with the addition of two new eco-ferries, Seaspan is continuing to lead.

“The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant are the first of the next generation of vessels fuelled by B.C.’s clean-burning LNG.”

Both vessels were constructed at the Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, and are 148.9 m long, and capable of accommodating up to fifty-nine 53’ trailers. The Seaspan Swift arrived in December 2016 and commenced operations in January 2017. The Seaspan Reliant, meanwhile, arrived in late February, and is scheduled to commerce service in April 2017.

Roth went on to say: “The introduction of two new technologically advanced, LNG-fuelled vessels represents the beginning of the realisation of a bold and ambitious vision to re-construct our marine terminals and modernize the vessels that service them.

“The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant reinforce an unwavering commitment to our drop-trailer customers and serve as a testament to how we live out our Core Value of Care for the Environment by ensuring the conservation of Canadian oceans and waterways, reducing greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”

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