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BC Ferries' Spirit of British Columbia returns to service tomorrow

Jun 5, 2018

Vessel recently completed a mid-life upgrade including conversion to operate on natural gas

VICTORIA, BC – ​The Spirit of British Columbia, one of BC Ferries’ two largest vessels, returns to service tomorrow on the Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route following the completion of a mid-life upgrade. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will undergo a mid-life upgrade from fall 2018 to spring 2019.

Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC

“Natural gas is the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel and using LNG in deep-sea ships provides an opportunity to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality on a global scale.” said Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC, " In collaboration with BC Ferries, we developed a first-in-the-world proprietary tanker truck technology to deliver fuel while onboard the vessel. Innovative solutions like this help make it easier for transportation customers to make the switch to LNG.”

Read the full news release.