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Best Ships Of 2017

Salish Orca

First LNG Fueled Ferry for BC Ferries Built by Poland’s Remontowa Ship-

building, the Salish Orca is the first in a series of three natural gas-fueled ferries for BC Ferries—marking the operator’s first series of natural gas-fueled vessels. The 107m Salish Orca, along with sister ships, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. The Salish Class of ships use natural gas as the primary fuel source—which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 15 to 25 percent, reduce SOx

by over 85 percent, reduce NOx by over 50 percent and nearly eliminate particulate matter. The 5,952 hp ferries have a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. The ferries can also operate on ULSD. Each ship is powered by three Wärtsilä 8L20DF engines. BC Ferries has been at the forefront in adopting environmentally friendly technologies. Classed by Lloyd’s Register, the new Salish class ferries replace the aging Queen of Nanaimo and the Queen of Burnaby, which operated for more than 50 years.

Artwork from First Nations artists adorns both the outside and inside of each Salish ferry. The Salish Orca features work by Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation; the Salish Eagle features work by John Martson from Stz’uminus; and the Salish Raven includes work from Thomas Cannell from the Musqueam. The Salish vessel names play homage to the regions indigenous origins and recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the Salish Sea.

McAllister Towing’s First EPA Tier 4 Tug on the U.S. East Coast Built by Horizon Shipbuilding ,

Bayou La Batre, AL, the 100 ft x 40 ft Capt. Brian A. McAllister is the first in a series of new Z-drive escort/rescue tugs being built for New York-headquartered McAllister Towing & Transportation, Co., Inc. The tug is powered by U.S. EPA Tier 4-compliant Caterpillar 3516E engines with twin Schottel SRP4000 FP units, and uses an SCR after-treatment system to reduce emissions. R.W. Fernstrum provided the tug with WEKA Boxcoolers to cool the engines. The Capt. Brian A. McAllister is the 31st and most powerful tractor tug in McAllister’s 16 Marine Log // December 2017

fleet. The harbor tug, which features stateof-the-art remote controlled fire monitors and ABS FiFi certified deluge systems, is Load Lined and Classed ABS Maltese Cross A-1 Towing, Escort Service, FiFi 1 and Maltese Cross AMS. The hull, designed by Jensen Maritime, enhances ship docking capabilities. Markey Machinery supplied towing machinery including a tow winch and an asymmetric render-recover winch on the bow. The Capt. Brian A. McAllister produces 6,770 horsepower and delivers an 80-ton bollard pull. T h e t u g i s n a m e d i n h on or of t h e

company’s Chairman, Captain Brian A. McAllister, who is the great grandson of the founder of the company. A sister tug, Rosemary McAllister, is named in honor of his wife.

Top: BC Ferries; bottom: Randall Farhy courtesy of McAllister Towing

Capt. Brian A. McAllister

Marine Log December 2017  
Marine Log December 2017