US-based Seaspan Ferries (SFC) has taken delivery of the first of the two new dual-fuelled / hybrid, including diesel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and battery-powered ferry.

Named Seaspan Swift, the newly delivered vessel was constructed at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.

Featuring 148.9m in length, Seaspan Swift can accommodate up to 59 trailers.

"The Seaspan Swift will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives."

The vessel has been planned to undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programmes throughout this month before entering operation by January, next year.

Seaspan Ferries vice-president Steve Roth said: “Today’s announcement not only demonstrates an unwavering commitment to our drop-trailer customers, it is a testament to how we live out our Core Value of Care for the Environment by ensuring the conservation of Canadian oceans and waterways.

“The Seaspan Swift will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”

The company also noted that Seaspan Swift was bunkered using a tanker truck to deliver LNG on-board the vessel, debuting the bunkering process in North America.

VARD, FortisBC and Redwise were also involved in the bunkering operation.

Seaspan’s second dual-fuelled / hybrid ferry, Reliant, is currently undergoing testing and trials in Turkey and is expected to be delivered by early next year.

In June, Seaspan, along with Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, announced to invest $2.9m in British Columbia’s marine industrial sector.

The investment includes a three-year, $900K donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to three institutional trades training programmes in Canada.

The commitment also consists of a $2m investment by Seaspan, announced earlier this year.


Image: Newly delivered Seaspan Swift vessel. Photo: courtesy of Seaspan ULC.