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BC Ferries vessel returns to service after LNG retrofit

A BC Ferries vessel classed by ABS has returned to service after a liquefied natural gas (LNG) retrofit.

The Spirit of British Columbia is the first of two BC Ferries vessels to undergo conversion to LNG-powered propulsion. The conversion of the 2,100 passenger, 358 automobile capacity ferry was carried out by Remontowa Ship Repair Yard in Gdansk, Poland, and the vessel has now returned to service.

“The conversion of these vessels to operate on LNG is an important milestone for BC Ferries and the region, supporting more efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation,” said ABS vice president for global gas solutions, Patrick Janssens. “With the increased pressure for environmental compliance, LNG as fuel is a practical option for many marine owners and operators.”

Read more: LNG set to be the dominant marine fuel in the future

Its sister vessel the Spirit of Vancouver Island is expected to complete its conversion in spring next year.

“We are excited to welcome the Spirit of British Columbia back into our fleet and the environmental benefits and efficiency advantages that come with its conversion,” said BC Ferries vice president of strategy and community engagement, Mark Wilson.

“We worked closely with ABS who helped us navigate the technical compliance challenges of converting existing vessels to run on LNG and played a key role in bringing this project to fruition.”

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