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New LNG Ferry Featuring Wärtsilä Equipment Delivered in Canada

A new 300-foot-long ferry built for the Canadian operator Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), and fitted with a broad scope of solutions, has been delivered. The MV Armand-Imbeau II will operate on LNG fuel, and will feature Wärtsilä’s fully integrated system comprising the dual-fuel engines, the fuel storage, and control and supply system.

By operating the vessel on clean burning LNG fuel, STQ will minimize the environmental impact of its operations. The decision is also in line with the Québec’s Maritime Strategy, which seeks to protect the integrity of the province’s river and marine ecosystem.

“At the Société des traversiers du Québec we are committed to protecting the marine environment in which we operate,” said François Bertrand, interim CEO of STQ. “For this reason, we were the first ferry operator in Canada to welcome a LNG fueled ferry in 2015, and following this current delivery, we still have a third LNG ferry on order.”

The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply comprises four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, control and supply system, an Integrated Automation System (IAS), the Power Management System (PMS), the electric drive system, the Wärtsilä communication and control center, on-site management and project integration engineering.

The ferry will operate on the Saguenay river on the Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine route. It is capable of carrying more than 430 passengers and 110 cars or 16 tractor units. Wärtsilä has earlier supplied the dual-fuel engines and LNGPac system for MV F.-A.-Gauthier, the first LNG fueled ferry owned by STQ. It was built in Italy and delivered in 2015.

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