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BC FERRIES AWARDS CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER GAS-FUELLED FERRY

Monday, February 3, 2020 

As part of its Clean Futures Plan, Canadian operator BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding of Gdansk, Poland a contract to build an additional liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled vessel scheduled to go into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022.

This vessel will be identical to the three Salish Class vessels built by Remontowa for BC Ferries in 2016.

“Our Clean Futures Plan is our path to replace diesel fuels with cleaner energy options. While this cannot be achieved in a single step, we are continually seeking energy sources that offer a cleaner, lower carbon-intensity option to displace non-renewable diesel,” said Capt Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries’ VP Business Development and Innovation. “In our move towards a sustainable future, adopting LNG is one way to reduce our impact on the environment today. This new vessel will be our sixth ship fuelled by natural gas.”

The agreement with Remontowa is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is about C$92.3 million.

The 107m Salish Class vessels have capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. It will allow for the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fuelled vessel. The ship will be powered by three Wartsila engines and electrically propelled by Schottel thrusters at each end, driven by an efficient gas-electric power plant.

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