|One of the new Salish Class BC Ferries under |
construction at a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland
(photo from BC Ferries)
The ongoing fleet replacement program for BC Ferries is taking another step with the start of 2021, with the Ferry Corporation providing an update on two new ferries currently under construction at a pair of Shipyards in Europe.
An information release from December 22nd highlighted the background for the fourth Salish Class vessel which launched at the Remontowa Shipbuilding facility in Gdansk, Poland.
The LNG Fuelled vessel will see construction continue towards scheduled sea trials sometime late in 2021.The 107-metre Salish Class vessel will have the capacity to carry 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 to fuel the new ship will result in reduced emissions and reduced costs for BC Ferries. When the ship enters service, it will allow for the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fuelled vessel.