BC Ferries

BC Ferries Names Two More LNG Boats

June 15, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of Its New Trio, Salish Orca, to Be Delivered by Year-End

BC Ferries has named the second and third of its three liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel newbuilds, which are under construction by Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland.
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All-Wärtsilä LNG for BC Ferries Upfits

April 11, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Not Only Their Engines But ‘Complete Gas Solution’
Including LNG Fuel Tanks, Detection, Bunkering Gear

Wärtsilä today reported a contract with Poland’s Remontowa Ship Repair to supply not only engines but a “complete gas solution” for to conversion of BC Ferries’ two flagship vessels to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation beginning next year.
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BC Picks Remontowa for Spirit LNG Upfits

March 29, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Vessels Accounted for 16% of Agency Fuel Bill Last Year,
They’ll Get Wärtsilä 34DF Engines – Four Each – at Gdansk Yard

BC Ferries has picked Poland’s Remontowa Ship Repair to convert its two largest vessels, the Spirit of British Columbia and the Spirit of Vancouver Island, to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
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Wärtsilä Delivering 100th 20DF Engine

January 21, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Unit to Remontowa in Poland for Canada’s BC Ferries

Wärtsilä is trumpeting the delivery, expected this month, of the 100th 20DF dual fuel engine. The milestone delivery is part of a shipment of three 8-cylinder 20DFs for a new ferry under construction at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland for BC Ferries.
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BC Ferries Names Its First LNG Newbuild

December 2, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vessel Is Christened ‘Salish Orca’ in Ceremony in Poland

BC Ferries has named the first of three new 360-foot, liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel ferries the Salish Orca, a name chosen “to honor the Coast Salish people and the Salish Sea where the ship will operate.” The vessel is under construction by Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland, where a naming ceremony took place last week.
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Pre-LNG Sea Trials by BC Ferries

September 30, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seaspan-Vancouver, Remontowa and Fincantieri Provided with Data

BC Ferries has conducted special sea trials of two ferries to provide operational data to the three shipyards vying to convert them to liquefied natural gas-marine disel dual fuel operation.

The 550-foot Spirit of Vancouver Island is now expected to be converted to LNG-diesel dual fuel operation from the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2018.

BC Ferries’ 550-foot Spirit of Vancouver Island is expected to be converted to LNG-diesel dual fuel operation from the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2019.

The Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Spirit of British Columbia were put through their paces for the benefit of Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, Remontowa SA of Poland, and Fincantieri of Italy.

Vessel maneuverability, acceleration and speed were demonstrated, providing the yards with data on control system parameters as well as peak power loads in variable weather, tide or current conditions.

‘Optimal Propulsive Machinery Arrangements’

“This is an important step in the bidding process for the shipyards so they can measure and verify vessel performance to provide the optimal propulsive machinery arrangements they submit as part of their bids,” BC Ferries engineering VP Mark Wilson said in a release.

“Over the next three months,” the announcement continues, “BC Ferries will continue to negotiate with the three proponents to select the final bidder.

Award Expected Early Next Year

“BC Ferries expects to award a contract for the Spirit Class mid-life upgrades and conversions to the successful bidder in early 2016.”

The agency is planning for the Spirit of British Columbia to be the first ship through the mid-life and LNG conversion process, with work taking place from the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2018. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will follow the following year from the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2019.

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BC Ferries, VP Mark Wilson, 250-978-1323;[email protected]

BC Ferries info, Deborah Marshall, 250-978-1267;[email protected]www.bcferries.com

Remontowa Shipbuilding, Mr. Jan Paszkowski, 48-58-307-2150 or 48-58-309-7810;[email protected]remontowa-rsb.pl

Fincantieri info, Antonio Autorino, +39-040-319-2473; mobile +39-335-785-9027;[email protected]www.fincantieri.it

Seaspan Shipyards, VP programs, Graeme Thomson, 604-988-6361;[email protected]

Seaspan Shipyards, VP marketing Doug Towill, 604-990-3299;[email protected]www.seaspan.com

Source: BC Ferries with HHP Insight follow-up

BC Ferries Defers Upfits, Names Yards

July 14, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, vessel order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG Work in Vancouver, Poland or Italy Now Planned for 2017-2019

Canada’s BC Ferries has pushed its plans to convert two Spirit-class ferries to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation back by a year, at the same time naming three shipyards it is considering for the work. The yards are in Vancouver, Italy and Poland.
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BC Ferries: LNG from the FortisBC Utility

February 2, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten-Year Pact to Supply Three New Intermediate Class Vessels

BC Ferries disclosed today a ten-year contract with FortisBC for the utility to supply liquefied natural gas for the Victoria, B.C.-based operator’s three new intermediate class vessels. updated February 3
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BC Ferries: First Steel Cut for LNG Vessels

January 28, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Poland’s Remontowa Begins Work on First of Three Dual Fuel Boats

Victoria-based BC Ferries is spreading the word that the first steel has been cut, by Remontowa Shipbuilding in Poland, for the first of three new intermediate class ferries to be liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel-powered.
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BC Ferries Affirms LNG Ferry Plans

September 24, 2014 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dual Fuel for Agency’s Two Largest, Thirstiest Vessels
Will Save Projected $9.2 Million Per Year for 27 Years

Victoria, B.C.-based BC Ferries has affirmed plans to convert its two largest ships to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation “in order to save approximately $9.2 million per year (in today’s dollars) over the remaining 27-year life cycle of the two vessels.”
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