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LNG the Queen of nanaimo along with the Queen of Burnaby will be replaced by three Lng-fuelled ferries

LNG: AN expANdiNG story Canadians grab bragging rights for North American dual fuel ferries By John R. Snyder, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief


hen it comes to hockey and dualfueled ferries, Canada can claim bragging rights for North America. Last month, Canada swept the gold medals for both men’s and women’s hockey at the Olympics and now is leading the way in pioneering the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel in the ferry market. In 2013, La Societe des Traversiers du Quebec (STQ) ordered two 92m double-end ferries from Chantier Davie Canada Inc. at a reported cost of about $125 million. Those ferries will be delivered in the third quarter of 2015. This order was on top of a C$148 million contract signed by STQ with Italy’s Fincantieri for a 130m dual fuel ferry in the summer of 2012. The 800-passenger, 180-vehicle ferry will be the first LNG-fueled ferry in North America when it is delivered later this year. Out west in British Columbia, BC Ferries will select one of five prequalified shipyards this spring to build three intermediate size dual fuel ferries to replace two of its older boats, the 48-year-old Queen of Nanaimo and 49-year-old Queen of Burnaby. As we went to press Canada’s Vancouver Shipyards, part of Seaspan, withdrew from the competition. 14 MARINE LOG March 2014

The winning bidder will construct two 145-vehicle, 600 passenger capacity ferries, as well as a 125-vehicle and 600-passenger capacity boat. One of the larger ferries will operate between Comox and Powell River and the other will provide service on the Tsawwassen and Southern Gulf Islands route. The third smaller ferry will augment peak and shoulder season service on the Southern Gulf Islands route, as well as provide “refit relief ” on other routes. BC Ferries projects the cost for the three boats will fall between $200 million to $300 million. The two 145-vehicle ferries will enter service in 2016 and the 125-vehicle boat will follow in 2017.

The bidders The international competition for the lucrative order includes shipyards in Norway, Germany, Poland, and Turkey. Each bidder has its merits. Here’s a quick overview of the players: Fiskerstrand BLrt as - This Norwegian shipyard has a strong portfolio, having delivered the Boknafjord, currently the largest LNG-powered car and passenger ferry. More recently, under contract from the

Linde Group, the yard converted the former car and passenger ferry M/F Fjalir to the LNGF SeaGas, the first special purpose, vessel-to-vessel, LNG-gas bunkering tanker in the world. FLensBurger schiFFBau-geseLLschaFt mBh & co. kg – A premier builder of ROPAX and freight ferries, FSG recently delivered the 210m x 29.6m RO/ RO vessel Oceanex Connaigra to Canada’s Oceanex Inc. Ice classed and designed for world-wide trade the 210m long Oceanex Connaigra is one of the world’s most modern, innovative, environmental friendly and flexible ConRo ferries. Also in FSG’s portfolio are BC Ferries’ 160m Coastal Class ferries, some of the largest double-ended ferries in the world. remontowa shipBuiLding – Poland’s Remontowa is well positioned to bid for dual fueled ferries. It was recently selected by Danish operator Samso Kommune to build an LNG double-ended ferry. It is not the first time an LNG ferry has been ordered at the yard. In February 2012, Remontowa Shipbuilding (RSB) signed a contract with Norway’s Norled for two SKS

March 2014 Marine Log Magazine  
March 2014 Marine Log Magazine