Seaspan Ferries to add two new LNG hybrid vessels

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The following is text of a news release from Seaspan:

(NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Seaspan Ferries announced that it will be adding two new liquid natural gas (LNG) battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021. The vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem B.V. at its Mangalia Shipyard in Romania.

With construction scheduled to begin in 2019, the vessels are expected to go into operation in 2021. They will join Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, the company’s first hybrid ferries, commissioned just over two years ago. Since introducing these vessels to its fleet, Seaspan Ferries has been able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining a high level of performance and reliability for its drop-trailer service between its Mainland terminals and Vancouver Island.

Damen Shipyards won the bid to build the new ferries thanks to its excellent reputation, commitment to quality, and proven infrastructure at the Mangalia Shipyard. The two companies have been working closely to ensure that the new vessels meet the strict safety, performance and operational standards required to provide optimal service to Seaspan Ferries’ customers.

“Within their first two years of service, our existing LNG hybrid vessels have operated with emission reductions of over 50 percent compared to traditional vessels; a large part of which is directly linked to the use of LNG fuel. These types of results truly reflect Seaspan’s commitment to our core value of care for the environment. Expanding our fleet of LNG vessels will allow us to further expand our service offering and reduce emissions at the same time. It’s the right decision for the business and for the environment," said Frank Butzelaar, CEO, Seaspan Marine Transportation.

“We’ve been very happy with the construction and performance of our LNG vessels and are excited to welcome the new ferries to our fleet in 2021. The entire Seaspan Ferries team has been extremely dedicated to the integration of the LNG vessels over the past two years, and we are excited to be working with Damen Shipyards in Romania to continue to grow our fleet," said Harly Penner, director, fleet engineering and vessel development.

Quick facts:

Length: 489 feet
Lane feet: 3,392 feet
Type: roll-on/roll-off
Energy supply: 209 cubic meters LNG storage on board, 2-MWh battery capacity
Propulsion engines, switchboards, ESS and LNG storage supplied by MAN Energy Solutions
Thrusters supplied by Schottel Inc.
Vessels will be classed by Bureau Veritas

By Professional Mariner Staff