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BC Ferries' first LNG-fuelled vessel to start service on May 16

10 May 2017 07:15 GMT

The Salish Orca is capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low-sulphur diesel.



The first of BC Ferries' three LNG-fuelled vessels, the Salish Orca, is due to officially commence service on Tuesday, May 16 on the Comox to Powell River route, replacing the 51-year-old Queen of Burnaby.

The ferry operator's three 107-metre-long, Salish-class vessels are all dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low-sulphur marine diesel. They each have a service speed of 15.5 knots and are powered by Wartsila 8L20DF engines.

"We are very excited to introduce this beautiful new ship, Salish Orca, into service and see the duel-fuel technology at work," said Mark Collins, BC Ferries' President and CEO.

"BC Ferries recognizes the service the Queen of Burnaby has provided millions of customers over her five decades. We look forward to the safe and reliable service Salish Orca will provide customers for years to come, as well as her additional environmental and cost-saving benefits."

The Salish Orca and her sister ships Salish Eagle and Salish Raven were named to honour the Coast Salish people as the original mariners of the Salish Sea.

The second Salish-class vessel, Salish Eagle, is due to start service on the Tsawwassen to Southern Gulf Islands route next month, whilst the Salish Raven is due to be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in the autumn.

The third of BC Ferries' LNG-powered vessels is currently on route to British Columbia having departed from Poland towards the end of April. It stopped in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, on May 7 for refuelling and provisioning, and is now travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to Panama.

Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the ferry service along coastal British Columbia.




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