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Third and final Salish Class ferry on its way to B.C. from Poland

Salish Raven will be used on southern Gulf Islands routes starting in the fall | Photo: BC Ferries

Salish Raven, the last of three BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels, is on its way to British Columbia.
Fuelled by natural gas, the ship left shipyards in Gdansk, Poland April 28 for a 10,440-nautical-mile journey that will take 45-55 days, depending on weather.
The journey will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama. The vessel will transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to Victoria.
The Salish Raven is to be put into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.
The vessel can be tracked during its journey at
“This is a major milestone in our new-build program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ chief executive. “With these new vessels, we continue to move towards standardization of our fleet, which offers interoperability and lower crew training and maintenance costs and also enhances safety.”
The first of the Salish Class vessels, Salish Orca, will be introduced into service next month on the Powell River-Comox route.
Salish Eagle, the second of the vessels, will start service on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.
All three Salish Class vessels are 105 metres long and can each carry 145 vehicles and 600 passengers. They cost a total of about $200 million.
The artwork created to adorn Salish Raven was designed by Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell. It will be applied on the ship when it arrives in B.C.

Seaspan's Hybrid LNG Ferry Classed by BV

Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Bureau Veritas congratulates owners Seaspan as their new emission reducing ferry enters service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. 

Seaspan Swift is Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) new dual-fuelled / hybrid - diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery powered ferry. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America.

Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be constructed at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey. Following a 10,661 nautical mile delivery voyage to the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, Vancouver, Seaspan Swift underwent pre-operation regulatory checks and crew training in December. A sister vessel, Seaspan Reliant – also classed by Bureau Veritas (4BV.F), will also arrive on the West Coast early in 2017. 

Steve Roth, Vice President Seaspan Ferries commenting said, ‘We are happy to be working with Bureau Veritas on this technical LNG / Hybrid project. Their partnership with Seaspan Ferries has helped make the design, approval, production and delivery of the vessels a success.’

Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas offered his congratulations. ‘We know how pleased Seaspan are and we share their excitement seeing this ship now in service. We are now looking forward to helping Seaspan ensure that this new low emission ferry works efficiently and safely for many years to come.’   

Bureau Veritas now holds a leading share of LNG as fuel related marine projects – across a range of specialized ship types, including the growing LNG bunkering vessel sector. Philippe Donche-Gay: ‘Our practical approach and expertise helps de-risk projects and provides the required guidance and framework for decision making.’