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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 

Just before the Christmas holiday, BC Ferries of Canada launched its fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled Salish Class vessel at Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland,

Work is continuing at the yard, with sea trials scheduled for late 2021. Following the trials, the vessel will make the 10,440 nautical mile journey from Gdansk to British Columbia in early 2022 for final preparations. The vessel is identical to the three Salish Class vessels built by Remontowa for BC Ferries in 2016-2017.

BC Ferries issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the construction of the vessel to leading shipyards in Canada and around the world in July 2018. Canadian shipyards were invited to participate in the competitive bidding process. BC Ferries received responses from 16 international shipyards and short-listed three shipyards to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. No Canadian companies submitted a bid.

The 107m Salish Class vessel will have capacity for at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew, and is built as dual-fuel, capable of running on LNG or ultra-low sulphur diesel. Using primarily LNG the new ship will result in reduced emissions and reduced costs for BC Ferries. BC Ferries’ Clean Futures Plan outlines the company’s path to replace diesel fuels with cleaner energy options which can offer a cleaner, lower carbon-intensity option to displace non-renewable diesel. In the company’s move towards a sustainable future, adopting LNG is one way to reduce its impact on the environment today.

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