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BC Ferries opens bidding process for five vessels: four electric hybrid, one LNG-fuelled

Ships are slated for delivery between 2020 and 2021.



The 1965-built Powell River Queen is one of three ageing vessels that will be replaced by the five new ferries. Image credit: BC Ferries


Updated on 27 Jul 2018 00:05 GMT

BC Ferries issued Requests for expressions of Interest (RFEOI) on Thursday for the procurement of five new ferries to replace ageing vessels.

The first RFEOI is for the construction of four 81-metre Island-class ferries with electric hybrid propulsion, including batteries. The expected delivery for the first two of these vessels is in 2020, with the following two ships slated for delivery in 2021.

The second RFEOI is for the construction of one 107-metre, LNG-powered Salish-class ferry. The expected delivery date for this vessel is in 2021.

The five new ships will replace the Bowen Queen, Mayne Queen and Powell River Queen. Replacing one older vessel with two new smaller vessels on the Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island route and the Campbell River-Quadra Island route is set to result in increases in capacity and frequency. The passenger-carrying capacity on these runs will more than double from 400 to 900 passengers per hour, while the vehicle-carrying capacity will increase by approximately 60 to 94 vehicles per hour.

Three Salish-class ferries - Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven - joined the fleet last year, whilst two Island-class vessels are currently under construction.

Commenting on the move to procure five additional ships, Mark Wilson, BC Ferries' Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement, said: "These new vessels will help us move toward our ambition to be leaders in the transition to a lower carbon future, and our standardization and interoperability of the fleet. This improves safety, environmental performance and resiliency, and reduces costs."

Bidding process

Following the RFEOI, the next step will be a Request for Pre-Qualifications, followed by a Request for Proposals.

The competitive bidding process is open to local, national and international shipyards, including consortiums.






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