The newest vessel for BC Ferries has hit the water.
BC Ferries announced in a press release issued Tuesday that their fourth LNG-fuelled Salish Class vessel officially launched at the Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland over the weekend.
The new 107-metre Salish Class vessel will have the capacity to carry around 138 vehicles and a maximum of 600 passengers and crew, once built, says BC Ferries. It will also be built as a dual-fuel vessel, capable of running on LNG or ultra-low sulphur.
“BC Ferries continually seeks energy sources that offer a cleaner, lower carbon-intensity option to displace non-renewable diesel. In the company’s move towards a sustainable future, adopting LNG is one way to reduce its impact on the environment today,” the company said in a statement.
The vessl is slated to enter sea trials early next year.
BC Ferries says once sea trials are completed, the vessel is expected to enter service in the Southern Gulf Islands in early 2022, replacing the Mayne Queen vessel.