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LNG-powered ferry selects Navis technology

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The first gas-powered passenger ship to be built in Italy has used an advanced Navis Nav DP 4000 dynamic positioning system from Navis Engineering.

The technology will help F.A-Gauthier achieve optimum performance in North America’s Gulf of St Lawrence.

The 133 m long vessel, with a capacity of 800 passengers, features an integrated diesel electric propulsion system, with four power generators that can run on either LNG or marine diesel oil. It is the first ferry of its type to operate in North America and will be delivered by the Fincantieri group’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard to Canadian operator La Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).

The LNG-fuelled ferry has been accorded DP (CM) notation by Lloyds Register.

Navis also supplied DP technology to the world’s first LNG-powered ferry, Viking Grace, which was delivered to Viking Lines in 2012.

The F.A.-Gauthier is capable of service speeds of up to 20 knots, and will provide year-round passenger and vehicle transportation on routes linking the communities of Matane, Baie, Comeau and Godbout. With an anticipated 1600 sailings a year, the LNG-powered vessel is expected to transport over 200 000 passengers and close to 120 000 vehicles a year. The vessel has the ice class 1A, and is able to break sea ice, thanks to an innovative bow and stern, designed and patented by Fincantieri.

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