The ABS-classed BC Ferries’ ropax ‘Spirit of British Columbia’, one of two ferries that will use LNG as fuel, has returned to service following her conversion to gas powered engines.
“The conversion of these vessels to operate on LNG is an important milestone for BC Ferries and the region, supporting more efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation,” said ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens. “With the increased pressure for environmental compliance, LNG as fuel is a practical option for many marine owners and operators.”
‘Spirit of British Columbia’ was the first to undergo conversion while her sister vessel, ‘Spirit of Vancouver Island’, is expected to complete her conversion during the spring of 2019.
These vessels are the largest ships in the BC Ferries fleet able to carry 2,100 pax and crew and 358 automobile equivalent. The conversion was undertaken at the Remontowa Ship Repair Yard in Gdansk, Poland.
“We are excited to welcome the ‘Spirit of British Columbia’ back into our fleet and the environmental benefits and efficiency advantages that come with its conversion,” said BC Ferries Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement, Mark Wilson. “We worked closely with ABS who helped us navigate the technical compliance challenges of converting existing vessels to run on LNG and played a key role in bringing this project to fruition.”
Recognising the changing landscape and increased industry focus on gas, ABS launched its Global Gas Solutions team in 2013 to support industry in developing gas-related projects.