BC Ferries’ fourth Salish Class vessel launches at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. (BC Ferries/Submitted)

BC Ferries’ fourth Salish Class vessel launches at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. (BC Ferries/Submitted)

BC Ferries hails fourth-LNG powered vessel as part of its ‘sustainable future’

The new vessel will enter service in 2022, serving the Southern Gulf Islands

A vessel promoted by BC Ferries as part of its “sustainable future” launched last weekend.

The yet-to-be-named vessel of the Salish Class slipped into the Baltic Sea in Gdansk, Poland as Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. continues to construct the vessel.

Plans call for the vessel to serve the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022 after it will have sailed 10,440 nautical miles to British Columbia in early 2022 for final preparations following sea trials scheduled in late 2021 in Gdansk, the former Danzig.

BC Ferries said in a press release that dual-fuel engine – capable of running on LNG or ultra-low sulphur diesel – will power the 107-metre long vessel with a capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew.

RELATED: BC Ferries to launch new vessels, website, pricing to meet rising demand

RELATED: New BC Ferries hybrid vessels arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

“Using primarily (liquid natural gas) to fuel the new ship will result in reduced emissions and reduced costs for BC Ferries,” read the release. “When the ship enters service, it will allow for the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fuelled vessel.”

The new vessel represents the fourth of its kind capable of running on LNG with Remontowa having also constructed the first three.

BC Ferries awarded the contract to the Polish shipyard ahead of two other short-listed companies after having received 16 bids from international shipyards with no Canadian companies having responded to the company’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI).

BC Ferries sees the quartet of LNG-powered vessels as part of its Clean Futures Plan outlining the company’s path to replace diesel fuels with cleaner energy options.

“BC Ferries continually seeks energy sources that offer a cleaner, lower carbon- intensity option to displace non-renewable diesel,” read the release. “In the company’s move towards a sustainable future, adopting LNG is one way to reduce its impact on the environment today.”


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Current unmarked residential streets are 50 km/h, but Greater Vancouver municipalities might consider dropping that to 30 km/h. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Sidney join Saanich in application to reduce residential road speeds to 30 km/h

Victoria also taking part in pilot to change default speed to 30 km/h from 50 km/h

Demonstrators at the legislature on April 14 called on the province to decriminalize drug possession and provide widespread access to regulated safe supply across B.C. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Rally calls for decriminalization, safe supply as overdose emergency turns 5

From 2016 to the end of February, 7,072 British Columbians died due to overdose

(Black Press Media file photo)
Privacy concerns keep COVID-19 cases at University of Victoria off the record

Island Health, UVic not sharing specifics after internal notice confirms coronavirus case

A man with a history of sexual offences was arrested after he followed and aggressively tried to talk to two young woman on the weekend. Black Press File Photo
Man convicted of sexual offences arrested after teens followed in Victoria

Women hid in a Quadra Village convenience store as man aggressively tried to get in

A few dozen students and parents gathered outside Lansdowne Middle School April 14 to protest proposed budget cuts to SD61 music programs. From left to right: Lyra Gaudin, Cleo Bateman, Abby Farish, Brigitte Peters, Enid Gaudin, Des Farish. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
SD61’s proposed $7 million cuts threaten equity and inclusion, say parents, teachers

Music classes, inclusion services, reading programs on the line

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you have a plan in place in the event of a tsunami?

Tsunamis have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people between 1998… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of April 13

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 1, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps to 1,168 Wednesday, nearly 400 in hospital

Now 120 coronavirus patients in intensive care, six more deaths

Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. blockades aimed at protecting old-growth forests reveal First Nation split

Two Pacheedaht chiefs say they’re ‘concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities’ in the territory

One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)
Hometown Heroes Lottery features seaside home in Sooke

A stunning seaside home in Sooke could be yours for the price… Continue reading

(Amandalina Letterio - Capital News)
Kelowna demonstrators show support for Vancouver Island logging activists

Two Kelowna men stood atop a pedestrian bridge on Harvey Avenue to raise awareness about old-growth forests

City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)
Hul’q’umi’num street signs installed in downtown Duncan

Partnership with Cowichan Tribes sees English street names twinned with Indigenous language

Most Read