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Spirit of Vancouver Island inspection before undocking.

A mid-life upgrade, not a mid-life crisis By Cindy Chan he Spirit of Vancouver Island will go on – and in more ways than one. The titular vessel is one of two Spirit classes in BC Ferries’ fleet, the other being the Spirit of British Columbia. The Spirit of Vancouver Island is currently undergoing its mid-life upgrade on the ship. Last year, the Spirit of British Columbia had its mid-life upgrade, according to Mark Wilson, vice-president of strategy and community engagement for BC Ferries. The Spirit of Vancouver Island set sail for Remontowa Ship Repair

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Yard S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on Sept. 14, 2018 for the upgrade. Improvements will include conversion of the propulsion plant to run on dual fuel (natural gas and marine diesel oil); new engines and a liquefied natural gas fuel system; upgrades to more efficient air-conditioning equipment; upgrades to the passenger area with new carpeting and an additional washroom; upgrades to the passenger elevators including renewal of mechanical and electrical drive components; expansion of the gift shop and addition of the new Arbutus Coffee Bar; renewal of propulsion

equipment components including rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, propellers and gearboxes; and new machinery control system, navigation system, internal communication system and safety and evacuation systems. Wilson says one of the most significant upgrades was the switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for two reasons – it’s more environmentally friendly and it is more cost-effective in the long run. “Although LNG is still a fossil fuel, it is a much more environmentally

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