BC Ferries bestiller fem nye ferger; 4x Island Class og 1x Salish Class

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BC Ferries Looking for Builders of Five New Ferries

Canadian ferry owner and operator BC Ferries has issued Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the procurement of five new vessels to replace its aging fleet.

The bidding process is open to local, national and international shipyards, including consortia, and BC Ferries encouraged local and national companies to bid on these projects.

The company is looking to build four 81-metre Island Class ferries, each with a capacity of 450 passengers and 47 vehicles. The expected delivery date for the first two of these vessels is in 2020, followed by two more ships in 2021.

The second RFEOI is for the construction of one 107-metre Salish Class vessel with a capacity of 600 passengers and 138 vehicles. The expected delivery date for this vessel is in 2021.

Two Island Class vessels are currently under construction and three Salish Class ships joined the fleet last year. BC Ferries holds the design rights to both classes of vessels, which will be provided to shipyards.

“The Island Class ships will be electric hybrid propulsion, including batteries, and the Salish Class will be fueled with natural gas,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement.

“These new clean-tech vessels will reduce our carbon emissions, helping the province achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets, and have the added benefit of reducing the amount of underwater radiated noise we produce.”

Kilde: World Maritime News
 

Refvik

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BC Ferries Opens Bidding for Construction of Five Vessels

Canadian ferry owner and operator BC Ferries has issued Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the construction of five new major vessels.

The company informed that the bidding process is open to local, national and international shipyards, including consortia, and BC Ferries encouraged local and national companies to bid on these projects.

According to BC Ferries, the five new major vessels will reflect capacity and levels of service consistent with the current Coastal and Spirit Class vessels in size, capabilities and passenger amenities.

The new units are expected to start entering service in 2023 on BC Ferries’ major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

“These vessels will be quieter and have a lighter ecological footprint than any we have ever built,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Strategy and Community Engagement.

These ships will replace the Queen of Alberni, Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Cowichan, and Queen of Coquitlam, and will introduce an additional vessel to the fleet to address the forecasted increases in vehicle and passenger traffic in the coming years, the company explained.

“We are building the low carbon coastal ferry system that will serve B.C. for the middle half of this century,” said Wilson.

“These vessels will provide additional capacity on our routes while continuing our ambition to be leaders in environmental stewardship.”

The next step in the tender process will be a Request for Pre-Qualifications, followed by a Request for Proposals.

Kilde: World Maritime News
 
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