|Length overall||167.50 m|
|Length b.p||155,999 m|
|Breadth moulded||26.599 m|
|Deadweight||2 868 t|
|Gross tonnage||18 747|
|Car capacity||410 units|
|Crew and passengers||2 100 persons|
|Main Engines||4xMAN-B&W6L 40/54|
|Max speed||19.5 knots|
RMDC experience in green projects rewarded.
In 2016 basing on RMDC concept design renowned Canadian operator BC Ferries awarded Remontowa Shiprepair Yard with mid-life upgrades contract for Spirit Class Ferries. “Spirit of British Columbia” (built in 1993) and “Spirit of Vancouver Island” (built in 1994) will be converted to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In addition safety systems will be upgraded, the passenger areas will receive an interior design refresh. Renewal of navigation equipment, propulsion equipment components including rudders, steering systems, bow thrusters and propeller blades will be carried out. Energy consumption will be reduced by installation of LED lighting and more efficient HVAC system. RMDC will provide complete basic and detail design as well as design supervision during conversion. Complete design is to be prepared before conversion works start (planned for third quarter 2017 – first vessel and 2018- second one) to shortened conversion time in consequence ferries out of service time. Utilizing LNG to fuel the vessels, according to Owners’ calculations they expect to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,000 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approx. 2500 vehicles off the road per year. Both vessels service Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay run in British Columbia Province, the busiest route in the fleet.