A fourth LNG-powered Salish Class ferry is closer to becoming a key part the Clean Futures Plan at BC Ferries. The ship entered the waters near the Remontowa Shipbuilding facility in Gdansk, Poland, in mid-December where the work on the new ferry will be completed.
Following sea trials later this year, the vessel will sail to British Columbia in early 2022 for final preparations. The 107-metre (351-foot) vessel is identical to three ferries constructed at Remontowa between 2016 and 2017. It will be able to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew.
Its dual-fuel design makes it capable of operating with ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel or liquid natural gas (LNG). BC Ferries plans to primarily use LNG to reduce costs and emissions as part of the cleaner energy options sought in its Clean Futures Plan. When the ship enters service, it will also facilitate the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fueled vessel.