Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC)’s second of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery) vessels, the Seaspan Reliant, has joined the British Columbian ferry operator’s fleet. The new state-of-the-art vessel, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived home after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.
“The arrival of the Seaspan Reliant marks a proud milestone in the history of Seaspan Ferries Corporation,” said Steve Roth –President, Seaspan Ferries. “With the introduction of a second new technologically advanced, LNG-fuelled vessel to our fleet, we are living out a clear commitment to our drop-trailer customers as well to the waterways in which we operate. The Seaspan Reliant will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”
SFC’s first LNG ferry, the Seaspan Swift, arrived 9 December. With assistance from VARD, FortisBC and Redwise, the vessel was successfully bunkered using a tanker truck to deliver LNG onboard the vessel. SFC says this type of bunkering operation was the first of its kind in North America.
The 148.9 metre ferry, which can accommodate up to 59 53’ trailers will now undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programs throughout March before entering operation in April.
The Seaspan Reliant, along with its sister ship the Seaspan Swift – which arrived in December 2016 and entered operation in January 2017, mark the first vessels added to SFC’s fleet since 2002.
SFC currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of five terminals in British Columbia, and supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.
(Source: Seaspan Ferries Corporation)
Editor Note: Andrew Kendrick of Vard Marine Inc. will speak on Marine LNG in Canada: Opportunities, Achievements and Challenges on Day 3 of NGV Global 2017 in Rotterdam later this month.