Canadian shipyard Chantier Davie launched the first LNG-powered ferry to be built in North America at its yard on 18 July.
Named Armand-Imbeau II, the 92m vessel is one of two new identical double-ended, dual-fuel ferries that will be operated by Canadian line Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ). The newbuild is the first ship to have been built in full using Davie’s new integrated enterprise resource planning and 3D ship design suite and will sail year-round on the Tadoussac‒Baie-Sainte-Catherine route on the St Lawrence River in Canada. It will carry up to 432 passengers and 115 cars or 16 tractor units.
Davie launched the 92m newbuild using environmentally friendly pneumatic lift bags for the first time. This type of system helps to control the launch and place less stress on the ship’s hull.
Both STQ ferries feature 20DF engines, electrical power and automation systems, ice-class hulls and LNGPac fuel storage and treatment systems from Wärtsilä. The company will also provide its Control and Communication Centre solution, which integrates bridge, navigation and communication control.
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