Seaspan Ferries plans to add two new 149 metre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – Battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021, with construction commencing this year. The vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem B.V. at their Mangalia Shipyard in Romania.
The ferries will join the Seaspan Swift and the Seaspan Reliant, the company’s first hybrid ferries, commissioned just over two years ago. Since introducing these vessels to their fleet, Seaspan Ferries has been able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining a high level of performance and reliability for its drop-trailer service between its Mainland terminals and Vancouver Island.
“Within their first two years of service, our existing LNG hybrid vessels have operated with emission reductions of over 50% compared to traditional vessels; a large part of which is directly linked to the use of LNG fuel”, said Frank Butzelaar, CEO Seaspan Marine Transportation. “These types of results truly reflect Seaspan’s commitment to our core value of Care for the Environment. Expanding our fleet of LNG vessels will allow us to further expand our service offering and reduce emissions at the same time. It’s the right decision for the business and for the environment.”
Harly Penner, Director, Fleet Engineering & Vessel Development added: “We’ve been very happy with the construction and performance of our LNG vessels and are excited to welcome the new ferries to our fleet in 2021. The entire Seaspan Ferries team has been extremely dedicated to the integration of the LNG vessels over the past two years, and we are excited to be working with Damen Shipyards in Romania to continue to grow our fleet.”
The new LNG-hybrid RORO ferries are designed with 1034 lane metres; propulsion engines, switchboards, ESS and LNG storage supplied by MAN Energy Solutions, and 209 m3 LNG storage onboard. The vessels will be classed by Bureau Veritas.
Seaspan Ferries currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of four terminals in British Columbia and services trucking companies that supply all types of cargo to Vancouver Island.