Canada’s Western Pacific Marine shipyard is building a lake RoRo ferry for its client, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in Canada. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2022. The new vessel will then serve the Balfour – Kootenay Bay route across Kootenay Lake.
The 89m-long double-ended ferry will carry 250 passengers and crew, plus 61 cars. It will be powered by an integrated hybrid propulsion solution supplied by Finnish group Wärtsilä. The full scope of supply includes two Wärtsilä 20 generator sets with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, the Hybrid Solution with a DC electrical system and batteries, the energy management system, and the vessel alarm and monitoring system. Wärtsilä will also supply the sewage treatment system and will be responsible for the integration of the various onboard systems.
The ferry operator aims to benefit from reduced fuel consumption and a far lower level of exhaust emissions. The minimised carbon footprint is important for preserving the delicate lake environment in which the vessel will operate.