• 2018 June 6 17:26

    BC Ferries’ Spirit of British Columbia returns to service after being converted to operate on LNG

    BC Ferries says the Spirit of British Columbia, one of its two largest vessels, returns to service on the Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route following the completion of a mid-life upgrade. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will undergo a mid-life upgrade from fall 2018 to spring 2019.

    The vessel is the first of two vessels to be converted to operate on natural gas, which is much cleaner for the environment than marine diesel. BC Ferries expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,500 tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 2,500 vehicles off the road per year by using natural gas to fuel the two Spirit Class vessels. Simultaneously fuel costs will be reduced by millions when both ships are in service operating on natural gas.

    BC Ferries is a leader in North America when it comes to clean and innovative technology that lowers emissions. The Spirit of British Columbia is the first passenger vessel in the world to refuel liquefied natural gas via delivery on a fully enclosed vehicle deck. The Salish Class vessels introduced last year were the first passenger vessels in the world to fuel liquefied natural gas on an open vehicle deck via delivery truck. Both of these innovations were conceived by BC Ferries and designed, engineered and built by BC Ferries and its partners. The natural gas is provided by FortisBC and can be reliably delivered in B.C., which supports the local economy. These innovations saved BC Ferries’ customers more than $100 million in infrastructure costs that would have otherwise been required and have proven significant environmental benefits.

    “The Spirit of British Columbia returns to service with clean technology that reduces both our environmental footprint and cost of operations,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO. “The two Spirit Class vessels consume approximately 16 per cent of our fuel annually. The conversion of our two largest ships in the fleet, along with the introduction of our three new natural gas-fuelled Salish Class vessels last year, goes a long way to improving the sustainability of our operations and affordability for ferry users.”

    Other upgrades include the renewal of navigation equipment, propulsion equipment components including gearboxes, rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, propeller blades, LED lighting, more efficient air conditioning equipment to reduce energy consumption and four marine evacuation systems.

    In addition to the natural gas conversion, BC Ferries upgraded the vessel’s passenger areas with new carpeting, furniture upholstery, new table tops, refurbishment of all public washrooms, as well as an additional washroom on Deck 5. BC Ferries added a new Arbutus Coffee Bar on Deck 6 and doubled the size of Passages onboard retail store.

    The Spirit of British Columbia is the first of the two Spirit Class vessels through the mid-life upgrade and conversion to clean technology. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will follow and complete the upgrade and natural gas conversion from the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2019. This schedule will allow for the vessel, the largest in the fleet, to be back in operation during the summer months when traffic is at its highest.

    “Natural gas is the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel and using LNG in deep-sea ships provides an opportunity to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and air quality on a global scale,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC. “In collaboration with BC Ferries, we developed a first-in-the-world proprietary tanker truck technology to deliver fuel while on board the vessel. Innovative solutions like this help make it easier for transportation customers to make the switch to LNG.” FortisBC has been performing approximately a dozen or so onboard marine bunkering per week since December 2016, and will be reaching a milestone of 500 performed by the end of this week.

    Passenger amenities on board the Spirit of British Columbia include: The Pacific Buffet, Coastal Café, Arbutus Coffee Bar, Passages onboard retail store, work stations, mobile charging stations, Kids Play Areas, a number of passenger lounge areas and an enclosed Pet Area on Deck 4. The ship complies with accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities when travelling by ferry, including an Induction loop hearing system installed in the Deck 5 forward passenger lounge and at key customer interaction points.




2018 August 16

18:45 Kalashnikov Concern’s Vympel Shipyard lays freezer trawler of Project T30
18:06 Port of Dover awarded contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina
17:32 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers
16:56 DFDS orders additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Sovcomflot’s shuttle tanker Governor Farkhutdinov ships 600th crude oil cargo for Sakhalin-2
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Mozambique
15:47 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port's H1 2018 employee benefits and rewards programme totals RUB 2.2 million
15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says
17:34 Maersk Line to rise rates from Far East to East Coast South America
17:30 Yang Ming orders ten 2,800 TEU containerships
17:19 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
16:05 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of oil tanker
15:04 Rosrybolovstvo looks into building a series of three RVs as from 2020
15:04 Concordia Maritime AB announces interim report for H1 2018
14:12 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spends over RUB 600,000 on employee benefits and rewards programme
13:20 Konecranes to deliver more electric RTGs to Luka Koper in Slovenia
13:02 Join Marinet Conference at SMM 2018, Hamburg
12:32 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives green light to NLR construction project
12:01 WW Ocean presents new-look trade maps resembling public transit maps
11:15 Port of Vancouver posts H1 2018 results
10:41 Aker Solutions wins orders for Liuhua power umbilical systems in China
10:21 Nor-Shipping 2019 devotes entire hall to new focus on Blue Economy
10:05 Crude oil futures drop 0.22% to $72.3 in London and 0.48% to $66.72 in New York
09:29 Bunker prices at Port of St. Petersburg show mixed movements

2018 August 14

18:30 Hapag-Lloyd annonces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:12 FE Railways' loaded freight in Jan-Jul up 2% to 28.2 million tonnes
18:07 Hapag-Lloyd changes terminals at Genoa on its MPS service
17:47 British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution
17:45 Euro Tank Terminal extends jetty at the port of Rotterdam
17:31 MEYER WERFT holds float out procedure for cruise ship for AIDA Cruises
17:29 APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain
17:27 MED MARINE delivers a 24m ASD Tug from Turkey to Estonia
16:24 Offshore installation vessel starts work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm
15:44 Logistec Corporation declares quarterly drvidends on shares
15:21 Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum Singapore initial speakers announced
15:02 Danaos Corporation announces closing of comprehensive debt refinancing
14:16 Sea Port St. Petersburg earmarked over $337,000 for bonus and social responsibility programmes
14:13 TTS Group ASA secures new contracts for access equipment and cranes for two reefer vessels
14:06 Ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga support green shipping, to implement incentives for LNG-powered ships as from August 15, 2018
13:39 Bunker prices in Far East seaports edge down