Canadian operator Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has started liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled ferry operations via the MV Armand-Imbeau II ferry after receiving the newbuilding from the Chantier Davie Canada shipyard in June 2018.
“At the Société des traversiers du Québec we are committed to protecting the marine environment in which we operate,” says François Bertrand, interim CEO of STQ.
“For this reason, we were the first ferry operator in Canada to welcome a LNG fueled ferry in 2015, and following this current delivery, we still have a third LNG ferry on order.”
The 92-metre long vessel features a fully integrated system comprising the dual-fuel engines, the fuel storage, control and supply system from Wärtsilä solutions.
The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply comprises four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, control and supply system, an Integrated Automation System (IAS), the Power Management System (PMS), the electric drive system, the Wärtsilä communication and control center, on-site management and project integration engineering.
“Once again, Wärtsilä’s unique ability to act as a single-source provider of products, automated systems, and integrated solutions delivers real value to both the owners and the shipyard,” says Wilco van der Linden, General Manager, Cruise & Ferries, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“The depth of our experience in providing LNG solutions is unmatched in the marine industry, and our advanced technologies are designed to overcome the operational cost and regulatory compliance challenges that operators face today.”
The ferry will operate on the Saguenay river on the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine route. It is capable of carrying more than 430 passengers and 110 cars or 16 tractor units.
“This delivery marks a shipbuilding milestone as it is the first LNG fueled ferry ever built in North America,” says Jared Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer, Chantier Davie Canada Inc.
“We are very proud to have succeeded with this project, and we thank Wärtsilä for its excellent support in making it possible.”
Photo credit: Davie Shipyards
Published: 20 August, 2018
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