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BC Ferries contract goes overseas

BC Ferries says a Polish shipyard has won the contract to build three new intermediate-class ferries capable of operating with liquefied natural gas or diesel.

It says Remontowa Shipbuilding of Poland will receive $165 million to build the ships, with a contract that includes completion, performance and delivery guarantees.

BC Ferries says the total budget for the project is $252 million, which includes financing and project management costs, and covers $51 million for Canadian taxes and federal import duties.

The vessels will replace the 49-year old Queen of Burnaby, which sails between Comox and Powell River, and the 50-year old Queen of Nanaimo, which serves the Tsawwassen and Southern Gulf Islands route, while the third will also serve the Gulf Islands on a seasonal and relief basis.

BC Ferries says the new 105-metre vessels will accommodate 145 vehicles and 600 passengers.

The former Crown agency says Seaspan, which has a shipyard in Vancouver, was the only Canadian company among the five firms shortlisted and invited to participate in the bidding process but that it withdrew, citing prior commitments.

The Canadian Press

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