BC Ferries’ newbuild wraps up first LNG bunkering op in Poland

Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding is moving forward with works on the fourth LNG-powered ferry it is building for Canada’s BC Ferries.

The ferry named Salish Heron received liquefied natural gas in Gdansk for the first time in a truck-to-ship operation last week. Next, the vessel will undergo trials ahead of its delivery in 2022.

BC Ferries previously said the LNG-powered ship would join its fleet in Spring 2022.

It will replace BC Ferries’ diesel-powered Mayne Queen on the Swartz Bay-Southern Gulf Islands line in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

The new 107 meters long vessel will have the capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew.

The ship features three Wartsila engines and electrically-propelled Schottel thrusters.

Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding launched the fourth Salish-class LNG-powered vessel for the shipping firm in December last year.

The yard has previously delivered three similar ferries to BC Ferries, namely the Salish Orca, Salish Raven, and Salish Eagle.

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