First of Two Wärtsilä-Powered Vessels Entering Service
Delta, B.C.-based Seaspan Ferries is bringing Seaspan Swift, the first of two liquefied natural gas-fueled freight ferries into service as a sister ship, Seaspan Reliant, makes its way to the Vancouver area from the Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey – a sea journey of more than 10,000 miles.
The new 489-feet (149-meter) commercial ferries are able to accommodate as many as 59 cargo trailers. They are powered by twin 9L34DF engines by Wärtsilä coupled to constant-speed generators. The vessels have Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel systems too.
British Columbia’s FortisBC utility provided $5 million in incentive funding toward building the new vessels (HHP Insight, November 20, 2014).
An LNG Bunkering First
Seaspan says it achieved a maritime first last month as Seaspan Swift was bunkered using a tanker truck to deliver LNG onboard the vessel. “This type of bunkering operation was the first of its kind in North America,” Seaspan says.
The operator notes too that its new Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant are the first vessels added to the company’s fleet since 2002.
Seaspan Ferries Corp 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.”
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