New LNG-Powered Ferry Heading to Canada

Monday April 6, 2015

Canada-based Societe des traversiers du Quebec's (STQ) new liquefied natural gas (LNG) ferry F.A. Gauthier is heading to Canada after launching from Fincantieri's shipyard in Naples, Fincantieri announced.

The ship completed all of its sea trials, and is now heading to Matane, Quebec to serve as crown corporation STQ's ferry service between Matane, Baie-Comeau, and Godbout on the St. Lawrence seaway.

Along with a diesel electric propulsion system designed to help it meet Emission Control Area (ECA) sullfur regulations, Fincantieri said that the F.A. Gauthier is equipped with a bow and stern capable of cutting through sea ice and is very maneuverable.

The shipbuilder added that the vessel is also "certified in the highest class designated by international registries for this type of service."

The ship has a capacity of 800 passengers and 180 vehicles.

Late last year, fellow Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries was also reported as going ahead with plans to convert its two largest ferries to run on dual fuel.