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Seaspan takes delivery of LNG dual-fuelled/hybrid ferry

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Seaspan Ferries Corp. (SFC) has announced that the Seaspan Reliant – the second of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, LNG and battery) ferries – has been successfully delivered.

The vessel is currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, following an eight-week, 10 661 nautical mile journey from the Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey. It is 148.9 m long and can accommodate up to 59 53 in. trailers. It is now set to undergo a number of regulatory inspections and crew training programmes throughout March before entering operation in April.

The President of Seaspan Ferries, Steve Roth, said: “The arrival of the Seaspan Reliant marks a proud milestone in the history of Seaspan Ferries Corporation.

“With the introduction of a second new technologically advanced, LNG-fuelled vessel to our fleet, we are living out a clear commitment to our drop-trailer customers as well to the waterways in which we operate. As with the Seaspan Swift, the Seaspan Reliant will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”

Seaspan Reliant’s sister vessel, Seaspan Swift, arrived in December 2016 and commenced operations in January 2017. The company currently operates a seven-ferry fleet out of five terminals in B.C., and supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.

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