German propulsion system specialist Schottel will supply propulsion equipment for the new LNG –battery hybrid vessel duo of Canadian ferry operator Seaspan Ferries.
Each of the two newbuild RoRo units will be equipped with Schottel’s combi drives and transverse thrusters.
Ferries will be applied by two natural gas fueled engines with 209 cbm storage onboard plus 2 MWh batteries. Their capacity of 1,034 lane meters each and will be servicing the commercial route from Vancouver Island to the lower mainland.
The new RoRos will join the company’s first two hybrid vessels, Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, which were commissioned just over two years ago. Seaspan Ferries currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of four terminals in British Columbia, Canada.
The vessels are expected to go into operation in 2021.