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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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LNG Ferry Sets Sail for Quebec

April 3, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wärtsilä-Powered Vessel Built by Fincantieri in Naples

Italy’s Fincantieri is trumpeting the completion of liquefied natural gas-powered sea trials for the F.A. Gauthier, reporting that the new ferry has set sail for Canada for delivery to STQ, the Société des traversiers du Québec. updated April 9
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Chantier Davie Lays First LNG Ferry Keel

March 20, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Construction of Two LNG-Diesel Ferries for STQ Begins in Quebec
As Larger Vessel Built in Italy Is Close to Its Transatlantic Crossing

Construction of a first new liquefied natural gas ferry has commenced at the Chantier Davie shipyard in Quebec, as a larger LNG vessel completes sea trials in Italy and is to begin the 20-day voyage to Canada early next month. updated March 25
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STQ’s LNG Ferry Launched in Italy

July 2, 2014 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fincantieri-Built, Wärtsilä-Powered FA Gauthier to Be Delivered This Year

North America’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled ferry was launched by the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) this past Saturday. The 436-foot vessel (133-meter) is to be delivered to STQ, the Société des traversiers du Québec, later this year.
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Large Quebec Ferry Build Begins

August 5, 2013 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The First Steel Is Cut’ at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy
For 427-Foot Vessel with Wärtsilä 34DF Engines and LNGPac

newSTQ

At 427 feet (130 meters), STQ’s new LNG dual fuel ferry will be its largest, with capacity for 800 passengers and 180 vehicles, for year-round 36-mile crossings of the St. Lawrence River.

Italy’s Fincantieri has begun construction of its new LNG-fueled ferry for service on the St. Lawrence River between mainland Quebec and Matane on the Gaspé Peninsula, customer STQ reports.
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Wärtsilä for Ferry and a Fifth PSV

December 12, 2012 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG Dual Fuel for Fincantieri for Quebec and Harvey Gulf

Finland’s Wärtsilä is talking up its role as a supplier of engines and fuel systems for pioneering liquefied natural gas fueled ships in North America.
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Fincantieri for Quebec LNG Ferry

August 13, 2012 in LNG, Marine by HHP  |  No Comments

Operator STQ Chooses Chantier Davie for Its Smaller Boats

STQ, Canada’s Société des traversiers du Québec, has chosen the shipyards for three diesel-LNG dual fuel (Wärtsilä engine) ferries it’s building as part of a broad natural gas initiative with the Gaz Métro utility announced last year (F&F, November 14).
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