• 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 October 15

16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located
16:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers 8,140 DWT Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
16:04 DNV GL leads consortium to update Carbon Trust Floating LiDAR Roadmap
15:34 East Mediterranean projects take steps towards adoption of alternative fuels
15:04 NYK approves Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
14:51 Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on environmentally advanced cruise ship
14:35 Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray in Georgia, South Carolina
14:17 Andrey Shunin appointed as General Director of Caspian Energy Management
13:28 Cooperation for sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean
12:41 ACL christens its newest G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun
12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018
09:12 Port of New Orleans receives Excellence Award for Master Plan

2018 October 13

09:06 OOCL fleet moves forward to meet IMO 2020 regulation
09:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
08:56 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian new build contracts
08:54 Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in fiscal year 2018

2018 October 12

18:07 Port of Antwerp on track for sixth record year
17:36 Strengthening of Kaliningrad seaway canal's embankment included in Russia’s territorial development strategy through 2025
17:08 Stena Bulk in partnership with Bay Crest Management for expansion in Asia
16:04 Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work at DP World Berbera in Somaliland
15:52 LNG Croatia invited bids for import LNG terminal infrastructure
15:35 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company continues expanding its operations in international waters
15:03 Maersk Line announces an increase in FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
14:47 Minister Berner: Finland strives to reduce emissions from shipping
14:03 CMA CGM to introduce new quarterly BAF for long term contracts from 1st of January 2019
13:44 LUKOIL commissions fifth well at Filanovsky field second stage
13:21 Ocean Network Express enters bilateral feeder network cooperation with Hapag - Lloyd
13:10 MOL consolidation service succeeds with trial of remote container tracking management device
12:28 Germany furthers support to WMU with Simulator Lab refurbishment
12:05 Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group in China and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to establish a shipbuilding joint venture
11:47 BPO pays a visit to the Port of Ust-Luga
11:26 Rosterminalugol exported 16 million tonnes of coal YTD
11:05 Grimaldi further boosts its freight services to Sardinia
10:54 Bunker prices continue going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:50 Port of Gothenburg starts construction of new terminal
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 1.2% to $81.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $71.81
10:11 De Boer holds naming ceremony for Damen RSD WID Tug 2915 Hybrid Fregate and ASD Tug 2310 SD Papillon
10:09 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,515 points
09:58 Damen signs for another three years as founding partner of the Nederlands Dans Theater
09:51 Fuel oil prices show no significant changes in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
09:33 RF Government approves plan for modernization and expansion of core infrastructure
09:14 Vimpel Shipyard launches border patrol boat of Project 1496М1 built for FSB Border Guard Service

2018 October 11

19:00 Gasum becomes 100% owner of Skangas, consolidates its position as the leading Nordic LNG provider
18:36 FLEX LNG to enter into transaction to acqure five 5th generation LNG newbuildings