BC Ferries converts vessel to operate using LNG

BC Ferries converts vessel to operate using LNG

The ABS-classed Spirit of British Columbia, one of two ferries that will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, has finished conversion and is back in operation for BC Ferries of Canada.

“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.”

The Spirit of British Columbia was the first to undergo conversion while its sister vessel, the Spirit of Vancouver Island, is expected to complete conversion during the spring of 2019.

The conversion to LNG was completed at the Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.

BC Ferries Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement, Mark Wilson said: “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. 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.”