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BC Ferries has awarded a Polish firm a $165-million contract for three new vessels — the first in its fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Remontowa Shipbuilding scored the contract after the only B.C.-based shipyard — Vancouver’s Seaspan — shortlisted for the bid dropped out, the ferry service announced July 3.
The entire project is budgeted at $252 million with $51 million allocated to cover taxes and federal import duties when the ferries are delivered to the West Coast beginning in August 2016.
The last ferry is scheduled to arrive in February 2017, while all three will be able to run on either diesel or LNG.
BC Ferries vice-president of engineering Mark Wilson told Business In Vancouver he expects up to seven vessels of this particular class to be operating in the fleet within the next few years.
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