• 2019 April 19 13:07

    Spirit of Vancouver Island vessel returns to service after mid-life upgrade including conversion to natural gas

    Just in time for Earth Day, the Spirit of Vancouver Island returned to service following its mid-life upgrade, with the ability to now operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship is the second Spirit Class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG.

    “With both Spirit Class vessels now operating on LNG, BC Ferries expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,500 tonnes per year, or the equivalent of removing 2,500 cars from the road every year,” according to Mark Collins, President and CEO of BC Ferries. “Operating these vessels on natural gas is both environmentally sound and good for affordable travel. We expect to reduce fuel costs by millions of dollars by running these vessels on LNG.”

    The Spirit of Vancouver Island services the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route and completed the conversion this past winter and spring. Last summer, its sister ship, The Spirit of British Columbia, successfully completed the same mid-life upgrade. These conversions represent a significant investment in clean technology.

    “BC Ferries is reducing our environmental footprint,” Collins says. “We are safeguarding the environment, while finding new ways to improve the sustainability of our operations.”

    BC Ferries’ adoption of clean technology has been recognized by its international peers. Earlier this spring, Shippax honoured the company with the Shippax Retrofit Award for completing the conversion of the Spirit of British Columbia from diesel to liquefied natural gas. The role of being an industry leader as it comes to the use of innovative technology that lowers emissions is a role BC Ferries takes seriously. The Spirit of British Columbia was the first passenger vessel in the world to fuel LNG on a totally-enclosed deck.

    BC Ferries now has five ships that operate on cleaner natural gas – two Spirit Class and three Salish Class ferries. The Baynes Sound Connector, the cable-ferry from Buckley Bay to Denman Island, has dramatically reduced that route’s environmental impact. Since it was introduced in 2016, diesel consumption and associated air emissions on that run have dropped by approximately 50 per cent. Looking ahead, BC Ferries will introduce hybrid-electric ferries to serve inter-island routes next year.

    Highlights of the Spirit of Vancouver Island’s extensive upgrade and conversion to clean technology include safety, mechanical, environmental, and customer service improvements:

    • Conversion to run on liquefied natural gas

    • Installation of more efficient air conditioning equipment to reduce energy consumption

    • Upgrades to the passenger area with new carpeting and an additional washroom

    • Expansion of Passages store and addition of the new Arbutus Coffee Bar

    • Renewal of propulsion equipment components including rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, propellers and gearboxes

    • New machinery control system, navigation system, internal communication system and safety and evacuation systems.

    The mid-life upgrade prepares the vessel for another 25 years of safe, reliable service. The work was completed at Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. The Spirit of Vancouver Island has been servicing the Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) run, the busiest route in the fleet, since 1993.




2019 September 23

17:07 Scorpio Bulkers announces the sale of two Ultramax vessels for $37.9 mln
17:06 Lloyd’s Register signs up to Getting to Zero Coalition
16:43 Marseille, France to host EUROMARITIME on 4-6 February 2020
16:28 MAN Energy Solutions joins getting to zero coalition
15:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from North Europe to Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
14:24 Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach release report on the state of clean cargo-handling equipment technology
14:01 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
13:39 ESPO Award jury puts ports of Dover, Dublin, Stockholm and UPF in final competition for Award 2019
13:15 Glander International Bunkering opens 8th office globally in Oslo
13:02 ECOSUBSEA achieves requirements to offer sustainable hull cleaning in the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge
12:53 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 14,725 in RF spot market
12:31 USPA Supervisory Board discussed corporatisation, integrated audit and dividend reduction
12:08 DNV GL’s Veracity strengthens maritime digitalization with new Asia-Pacific hub
11:50 Workshop in Kenya focused on reducing marine plastic from ships
11:36 Abu Dhabi Ports’ container volume up 82.4% in the first half of 2019
11:29 Regional workshop in Saudi Arabia focused on clean shipping in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf
11:04 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
10:26 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.1% to $64.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.1% to $58.73
10:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
09:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.4% to 12.18 million TEUs in Jan-Aug’2019
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,131 points
09:08 DNV GL awards AIPs to DSME for ethylene carrier cargo tank designs
08:49 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sep. 23
08:06 Damen completes maintenance work on Innovation at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

2019 September 22

17:03 Höegh increases its frequency to Australia
16:21 USCG Cutter Seneca offloads more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami
15:16 Algoma announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built dry-bulk carrier
13:03 Van Oord: Second Sand Motor successfully completed
12:47 Ørsted to pioneer deployment of GE’s next generation offshore wind turbine
11:39 ZPMC orders compressors to pipelay vessel

2019 September 21

16:17 USCG responds to breakaway barges striking I-10 San Jacinto River bridge
15:14 Eastern Shipbuilding launches the C.D WHITE for E.N. Bisso & Son
14:06 Boskalis associate Smit Lamnalco signs first 10-year terminal services contract in Mozambique
12:52 Kongsberg wins first full-scope expedition cruise vessel tender, with gensets and propulsion equipment
11:34 Rauma Shipyard bags Finnish Navy's four corvettes order

2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
13:12 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri unveil further details of MSC Seashore at coin ceremony
12:24 Victor Olersky sees promising future of electric river passenger ships in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia
12:09 Algoma Central Corporation announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel
11:28 Specifications for 0.50% sulphur fuels and the PAS from ISO: IBIA explains
11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
10:31 Workshop for training on emergency response, preparation and planning held in Manila
10:09 Van Oord and Shell test the use of biofuel on trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316
09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.98% to $58.7
09:25 Lloyd’s Register, China Merchants, GTT, CNOOC, DSIC form jv to design LNG-fuelled VLCC
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,192 points