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August 13, 2012 in HHP, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  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).

STQ’s existing ferry for the Tadoussac-Baie-Saint-Catherine crossing at upper left, and for the far longer Matane€-Baie-Comeau-€“Godbout route at lower right.

Under a C$148 million contract, Italy’s Fincantieri is to build a 427-foot vessel to work STQ’s Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout route, which with 1,600 sailings a year allows more than 200,000 passengers and over 116,000 vehicles to travel from shore to shore.

The new vessel, Fincantieri says, will have four diesel-liquefied natural gas generators powering two electric propulsion units, which in turn drive azimuth thrusters with two counter-rotating propellers. They will be dual fuel 34DF engines from Wärtsilä, STQ says.

Wärtsilä Dual Fuel Engines

Delivery of the 800-passenger, 180-car craft is slated for late 2014.

STQ is negotiating for two new 302-foot, Wärtsilä dual fuel, LNG-diesel, electric drive ferries to be built at the Chantier Davie yard in Lévis, across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City.

STQ has chosen Chantier Davie Canada, located in Lévis, across the St. Lawrence from Quebec City, for two 302-foot vessels for the shorter Tadoussac-Baie-Saint-Catherine crossing. Chantier Davie is owned by the Toronto-based Upper Lakes Group, and contracts for the new ferries are pending, an STQ spokeswoman told F&F.

The new STQ boats for Tadoussac will have two 6L20DF and two 9L20DF dual fuel engines, likewise from Wärtsilä.

Pete Jacobs is general manager for Wärtsilä ship power, Americas.

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