Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding launched on Saturday the fourth Salish-class LNG-powered vessel for Canada’s BC Ferries.
The Canadian shipowner placed the order for the dual-fuel newbuild in December 2019 followed by the start of construction at Remontowa in February this year.
Once delivered next year, the newbuild, along its sister vessels, will become the largest LNG-powered ferry in North America, the Polish yard claims.
Remontowa has previously delivered three similar ferries to BC Ferries, namely the Salish Orca, Salish Raven, and Salish Eagle.
The new 107-metre Salish Class vessel will have the capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew.
It will replace BC Ferries’ diesel-powered Mayne Queen on the Swartz Bay-Southern Gulf Islands line in the province of British Columbia.
The ship will feature three Wartsila engines and electrically-propelled Schottel thrusters.