BC Ferries has awarded a lucrative contract to upgrade the two largest vessels in its fleet to Remontowa Ship Repair in Gdansk, Poland.
BC Ferries says the $140 million dollar contract was awarded following an extensive and competitive bidding process.
The work at one of Europe’s largest ship repair yards will include converting both spirit class vessels to dual-fuel so they can operate on LNG.
BC Ferries says Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyard was among three who made the shortlist but it withdrew.
“Ramantowa ship yard’s sister company is Ramantowa shipbuilding,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries V.P. of Engineering, “they’re currently building our three Salish class vessels – The Salish Orca, Eagle and Raven. We’re expecting those later this year, those are also LNG vessels so the company has good experience with LNG and both in ship repair and ship building.”
The work is expected to start next year and be completed by 2019.