Seaspan Swift is capable of operating on diesel, LNG and battery power, and operates between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia (B.C.) mainland. It is the first LNG-fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. In addition to this, the on board bunkering from a truck trailer is a first in North America.
Seaspan Swift was designed by Vard Marine and was the first of two to be constructed at Sedef Shipbuilding in Turkey. It is 148.9 m long, and travelled 10 661 nautical miles to reach the Tilbury Terminal in Delta, Vancouver. It underwent pre-operation regulatory checks and crew training in December. Seaspan Reliant, its sister vessel, was also classed by BV, and will arrive on the West Coast in early 2017.
The Vice President of Seaspan Ferries, Steve Roth, said: “We are happy to be working with Bureau Veritas on this technical LNG / Hybrid project. Their partnership with Seaspan Ferries has helped make the design, approval, production and delivery of the vessels a success.”
Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas, added: “We know how pleased Seaspan are and we share their excitement seeing this ship now in service. We are now looking forward to helping Seaspan ensure that this new low emission ferry works efficiently and safely for many years to come.”
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