Although we covered the new trailer ferry Seaspan Swift as our Ship of the Week on her initial arrival in BC in December 2016, Sunday April 9 was a unique event for British Columbia when Seaspan Ferries hosted the dual formal naming of Seaspan Swift and sister vessel Seaspan Reliant. The event was hosted by Seaspan Ferries President Mr. Steve Roth and attended by BC Premier Christy Clark (sponsor of Seaspan Swift) and Ms. Anisa White representing Plains Cree-Metis First Nation (sponsor of Seaspan Reliant). On a rare sunny afternoon, welcome speeches were also given by retiring Seaspan CEO Mr. Jonathan Whitworth and the incoming CEO Mr. Frank Butzelaar before the traditional breaking of champagne bottles on each vessel. Mr. Kyle Washington and Jonathan Whitworth accompanied the Premier to do the honours on Seaspan Swift.
Built by SEDEF Shipbuilding Inc. Turkey
Designed by Vard Marine Inc.
Owned and operated by Seaspan Ferries Corporation
GRT 4,762 MT
Capacity 59 x 53’ trailers over 1042 lane meters
Main engine 2 x dual fuel Wartsila 9L34DF generating 4,400 Kw
Thrusters 2 x Schottel SCD 2020
Bow thrusters 2 x 550 Kw
LNG capacity 200 cbm
Diesel capacity 162 cbm
Battery capacity 546 kWh
Class Bureau Veritas
Responsible for some 50% of all cargo movement to and from Vancouver Island, Seaspan Ferries offers a daily truck and trailer service from the company’s dedicated dock in Tilbury, Delta to and from Nanaimo, Duke Point and Swartz Bay. Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, mark the first vessels added to the company’s fleet since 2002. Following the formal ceremonies, Seaspan Reliant was open for guests to view both above and below deck. There was no mistaking how proud the crews are of their new vessels. Representatives of the Turkish shipbuilders and designers Vard were also on hand to respond to questions.
The decision of the company to invest duel fuel LNG and diesel in partnership with Fortis BC is very significant for the future of short sea shipping here on the west coast. Compared to existing vessels, the new tonnage is estimated to represent a reduction of 53.6% in GHG emissions, 62.3% in CO2 emissions and 74.4% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared to the existing vessels. The 200cbm LNG storage tank situated below deck is shown above left. The cake looked so good before it was consumed, I just had to share a picture with you. As a bonus, each guest was also treated to a Lego certified model kit – great for kids of all ages.
Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.