The incentive funding toward two new vessels for Seaspan Ferries that will be able to run on liquefied natural gas were made possible following the creation of the Government of B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation in 2012, when FortisBC announced the $62 million program for fleet operators to offset part of the cost for a natural gas engine over a diesel engine.
The funding agreement with Seaspan will result in the reduction of an estimated 5,450 metric tons per year of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking more than 1,140 passenger cars off the road annually, because natural gas is cleaner burning than traditional marine diesel fuel. Seaspan has also agreed to a fueling agreement of up to 200,000 gigajoules of LNG per year which will come from FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility in Delta.
“B.C. has more natural gas fueled vehicles in our province as a result of this incentive program than anywhere else in Canada,” said Doug Stout, FortisBC Vice-President of Market Development and External Relations. “The funding for these two marine vessels helps add to that tally, and it’s further good news that Seaspan has chosen to get its LNG from FortisBC.”
The two new 150-meter ferries will accommodate up to 59 truck trailers. “Switching to LNG is a natural progression for us,” said Steve Roth, Seaspan Ferries Corporation Vice-President. “Since two of Seaspan’s core values are efficiency and care, we are extremely pleased that moving to LNG will both reduce fuel costs and provide environmental benefits. FortisBC provided the expertise to help us discover the best fuel alternative for our ferry fleet.”