BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver Island has completed a mid-life upgrade that has seen it retrofitted with dual-fuel LNG propulsion.
The ship is the second Spirit-class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG. Last year, its sister ship, Spirit of British Columbia, completed the same mid-life upgrade. These conversions represent a “significant investment in clean technology”, said BC Ferries.
“With both Spirit-class vessels now operating on LNG, BC Ferries expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,500 tonnes per year, or the equivalent of removing 2,500 cars from the road every year,” said BC Ferries president Mark Collins. “Operating these vessels on natural gas is both environmentally sound and good for affordable travel. We expect to reduce fuel costs by millions of dollars by running these vessels on LNG.”
“BC Ferries is reducing our environmental footprint,” Mr Collins said. “We are safeguarding the environment, while finding new ways to improve the sustainability of our operations.”
In March this year, Shippax honoured the company with the Shippax Retrofit Award for converting Spirit of British Columbia from diesel to LNG. Spirit of British Columbia was the first passenger vessel in the world to fuel LNG on a totally enclosed deck.
BC Ferries now has five ships that operate on LNG – two Spirit-class and three Salish-class ferries.
Spirit of Vancouver’s upgrade includes:
The mid-life upgrade prepares the vessel for another 25 years of service. The work was completed at Remontowa Ship Repair Yard in Gdansk, Poland.