BC Ferries has awarded a pricey contract to upgrade two of its Spirit class vessels and the winner is overseas.
The Ferry company says Remontowa Ship Repair in Poland has won a competitive bidding process for the $140 million contract.
Remontowa is the largest ship repair yard in Poland, conducting approximately 200 ship project per year, and is well experienced with LNG fuelled ships – which factored heavily into the contract award decision.
A bid from North Vancouver’s Seaspan was withdrawn from the process.
By using LNG to fuel the vessels, BC Ferries will reduce enough CO2 emissions to equate to 2,500 vehicles being taken off the road.
The upgrades on the Spirit of Vancouver Islands and the Spirit of British Columbia, which include converting the vessels to LNG, will begin next year and finish in 2019.
Some additional upgrades to expect on the ships include an interior design refresh on the passenger decks, expanded gift shop, new coffee bar, renewal of navigation equipment, LED lighting to reduce energy consumption, and renewed or upgraded safety systems such as fire detection, rescue boats and evacuation systems.