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Seaspan Energy has launched the first of three 7,600 cubic metre (cbm) LNG bunkering vessels.

The vessel is the first in a series of three newbuildings for Seaspan, all of which will be named after iconic West Coast mountains. The first vessel, Seaspan Garibaldi, or ‘Nch’ḵay̓’ as the Squamish Nation has known it for thousands of years, and the second will be delivered in 2024. The third vessel will arrive in 2025.

As previously reported, the Seaspan Garibaldi will be based in the Panama region, and the second vessel is targeted to support the West Coast market as it develops.

‘There is significant global interest in developing and investing in LNG bunkering solutions and Seaspan Energy is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in this growing market because of our advanced LNG capabilities and expertise,’ said Ian McIver, President of Seaspan Energy. ‘Developing an LNG bunkering business is a natural progression for Seaspan, as the company already provides traditional fuelling services and is a highly experienced LNG vessel operator with a fleet of hybrid ferries that operate primarily on LNG.’

The Seaspan Garibaldi is 112.8 metres in length, 18.6 metres in width, 5 metres in draft, with a design speed of 13 knots. The LNG bunkering vessels are being built by CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) and have been designed to engage in ship-to-ship LNG transfers and coastal and short-sea shipping operations.

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