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Spirit of British Columbia heads for Poland

Publication date: 2017-09-29

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Spirit of British Columbia heads for Poland

BC Ferries' ro-pax has left the company's fleet maintenance unit in Richmond, Canada, for the Remontowa shiprepair yard in Gdańsk to undergo a mid-life upgrade.

The works will first and foremost include converting the ferry to dual-fuel operations (LNG/ULSF). In addition, other upgrades to Spirit of British Columbia will cover the renewal of navigation equipment, propulsion equipment components (incl. rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, and propeller blades), as well as installing LED lighting and more efficient air conditioning equipment to reduce the overall energy consumption.

Moreover, vessel's passenger areas will be upgraded with new carpeting, refurbished washrooms, expanded gift shop, an additional washroom on Deck 5, and a new coffee bar on Deck 6. Upgrades to the passenger elevators will include renewal of mechanical and electrical drive components, emergency communication system, and electrical and control systems.

The 1993-built Spirit of British Columbia will stay at Remontowa from fall 2017 through the spring of 2018. During the period fall 2018-spring 2019, her 1994-built sister ship Spirit of Vancouver Island will also undergo a similar mid-life upgrade in the Polish shipyard.

Thanks to these works, priced at USD 140 mln, BC Ferries plans to use the two ships for another 25 years. Additionally, the company expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,000 tn annually (the equivalent of approx. 2,500 vehicles off the road per year) by using natural gas to fuel its Spirit Class vessels.

"Last fiscal year, we spent approximately USD 100.2 million on diesel fuel of which the two Spirit Class vessels consumed approximately 15.5%. Liquefied Natural Gas costs significantly less than marine diesel. The conversion of the two largest ships in the fleet along with the three new dual-fuel Salish Class vessels that all entered service this year will go a long way to help both our environmental footprint and with fare affordability for our customers," Mark Wilson, Vice President of Engineering, BC Ferries, said.

Spirit of British Columbia (Photo: BC Ferries)

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