Photos: Seaspan Ferries celebrates double commissioning of new LNG-fuelled vessels

By BCShippingNews
April 10 2017
Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) officially welcomed two new, state-of-the-art dual-fuelled/hybrid (liquefied natural gas, diesel and battery) vessels to its fleet today during a double commissioning ceremony held at SFC’s Tilbury Terminal. The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, the first eco-ferries of their kind in North America, were formally christened by sponsors Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, and Anisa White, wife of Doug White III, Councillor and Chief Negotiator for Snuneymuxw First Nation.
1. Steve Roth, President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation welcomed guests.
1. Steve Roth, President of Seaspan Ferries Cor...
2. Douglas White III of the Snuneymuxw First Nation provided the opening prayer.
2. Douglas White III of the Snuneymuxw First Na...
3. B.C. Premier Christy Clark congratulated Seaspan on the occasion.
3. B.C. Premier Christy Clark congratulated Sea...
4. Seaspan ULC President and CEO Jonathan Whitworth recognized the hard work of the many people involved in the new builds.
4. Seaspan ULC President and CEO Jonathan Whitw...
5. Incoming Seaspan ULC President and CEO Frank Butzelaar.
5. Incoming Seaspan ULC President and CEO Frank...
6. A large crowd of industry representatives, friends and family were on hand.
6. A large crowd of industry representatives, f...
6. Sponsor of the Seaspan Reliant, Anisa White, representing the Snuneymuxw First Nation, blessed the vessel.
6. Sponsor of the Seaspan Reliant, Anisa White,...
7. Sponsor of the Seaspan Swift, Christy Clark, blessed the vessel.
7. Sponsor of the Seaspan Swift, Christy Clark,...
8. Kyle Washington, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, and Jonathan Whitworth
8. Kyle Washington, B.C. Premier Christy Clark,...
9. The Seaspan Swift will be fuelled with LNG from FortisBC.
9. The Seaspan Swift will be fuelled with LNG f...
10. The deck of the Seaspan Swift.
10. The deck of the Seaspan Swift.
11. Bridge of the Seaspan Reliant.
11. Bridge of the Seaspan Reliant.
12. One of two Wärtsilä 9L34DF engines.
12. One of two Wärtsilä 9L34DF engines.
13. John Fowlis, Vice President, Fleet Maintenance, shows off one of three banks of Corvus ion-lithium batteries.
13. John Fowlis, Vice President, Fleet Maintena...
14. One of the azimuth pods of the Seaspan Reliant.
14. One of the azimuth pods of the Seaspan Reli...
15. The Wärtsilä LNG storage tank.
15. The Wärtsilä LNG storage tank.
16. The Seaspan Reliant.
16. The Seaspan Reliant.
17. Representatives from Sedef Shipbuilding and Bulutlu Marine were on hand to congratulate Seaspan.
17. Representatives from Sedef Shipbuilding and...
18. Jeff Taylor, Seaspan's Director of Communications and Public Relations, stands beside a specially commissioned cake for the event.
18. Jeff Taylor, Seaspan's Director of Communic...
19. Captain Stephen Brown and John Lucas.
19. Captain Stephen Brown and John Lucas.
20. Captain and Mrs. Philip McCarter.
20. Captain and Mrs. Philip McCarter.
21. Guests in attendance included Matthias Teichrieb (Vard Marine) and Marcel Laroche (BC Ferries).
21. Guests in attendance included Matthias Teic...
22. Steve Roth, President, Seaspan Ferries, with Bart Reynolds, President, Seaspan Marine.
22. Steve Roth, President, Seaspan Ferries, wit...
23. Executive Director of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre with her family were on hand to celebrate.
23. Executive Director of the Vancouver Interna...
24. VIMC Executive Director Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein and her family with Jonathan Whitworth, Christy Clark and Kyle Washington.
24. VIMC Executive Director Kaity Arsoniadis-St...