Seaspan Ferries’ new battery LNG hybrid roro ferries will be fitted with rudderpropellers and bow thrusters from Schottel, it was announced today
The package for each vessel will comprise two Schottel SCD 560 STP Combi Drive rudderpropellers and two Schottel STT 1 FP bow-mounted transverse thrusters.
Canadian operator Seaspan Ferries announced in May it had ordered the two vessels from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem’s facility in Mangalia, Romania, slated for delivery in 2021.
Designed by Vard Marine, each vessel is powered by two natural gas-fuelled engines with 209 m3 storage capacity and 2-MWh batteries. The Schottel rudderpropellers have an input power of 2,600 kW and a propeller diameter of 2.6 m, providing a design speed of 16 knots. The 550-kW bow thrusters will aid in precise manoeuvring operations and can be mounted and dismounted while the vessel is afloat.
The two 149 m long, 25 m wide ferries will join existing LNG-battery hybrids Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, which were commissioned in 2017, in Seaspan Ferries’ fleet of seven vessels operating out of four terminals in British Columbia.
Each of the new ferries has a capacity of 1,034 lane metres and a maximal displacement of 6,750 tonnes, and will service the commercial route from Vancouver Island to the lower mainland of Canada.