Remontowa Shipbuilding SA from the Remontowa Holding capital group signed on Friday, November 1, a contract for the construction of a new, fully equipped “Salish” class ferry for the Canadian shipowner BC Ferries. The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2021.
The new “Salish” class ferry is to replace Mayne Queen and operate, together with the Queen of Cumberland, the Swartz Bay line – Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia province in western Canada.
Remontowa Shipbuilding has already delivered three similar ferries to this shipowner between 2016 and 2017 (Salish Raven in June 2017, Salish Eagle in February 2017 and Salish Orca in November 2016). The new one is to be built according to the same design.
The ships in the Salish Orca series are large in class with innovative technology, environmentally friendly dual-fuel passenger/car ferries (symmetrical) – with the potential to run on traditional diesel fuel, but primarily designed to burn liqufied natural gas (LNG).
Salish’ class units, over 107 metres long, can carry 145 vehicles and 600 passengers each.
They are built according to the design of the Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting office (complete design, starting with the conceptual design, design symbol – RMDC 2990 Double Ended Ferry 145 AEQ). The three “Salish” class ferries built so far meet both the requirements of the classification society, i.e. Lloyd’s Register, under whose supervision they were built, and the government agency, i.e. Transport Canada.
The contract for the delivery of the first three “Salish” class ferries was executed as a result of the outcome of a tender announced by the Canadian shipowner, in which the Polish shipyard, in the last stage, defeated shipyards from Norway, Germany, Canada and Turkey. The Canadian operator decided to entrust the construction of the vessels to the Polish shipyard, which was determined not only by the high quality of the offered products, but also by the unquestionable experience in the construction of ferries of the Remontowa Shipbuilding SA , which had previously built over 30 vessels of this type, half of which were powered by LNG.
The return of the Canadian shipowner with another order is a confirmation of the quality of the design and execution of the ferries delivered earlier, verified in operation.
Salish class ferries – basic characteristics:
shipyard: Remontowa Shipbuilding SA
designer: Marine Design & Consulting (RMDC), Gdansk, Poland
Project symbol: RMDC 2990
Overall length: 107,20 m
length between perpendiculars: 103,45 m
Construction width: 23.50 m
altitude to main deck: 6,60 m
constructional immersion: 4,65 m
Load capacity: 615 t
gross tonnage: approx. 8260
operating speed: 15.5 w
spaces for the crew: 16
translation: Krystian Wyrzykowski
Photo: Piotr B. Stareńczak