Production has begun on the first of five ships that HaiSea Marine is building to service the LNG Canada project. To mark this milestone, Sanmar Shipyards, along with HaiSea employees, celebrated the first cut of steel on September 1. This kicked off construction for the first 40-metre escort vessel.
“Some of our team started working toward this moment 10 years ago — this is a huge moment for HaiSea,” said Captain Jordan Pechie, Senior Project Manager, HaiSea Marine. “Physical construction is the ultimate commitment, and it brings us one step closer to delivering our promise to our Haisla Nation Partners. After years of detailed planning and design, we can finally watch the vessels become a reality.”
“HaiSea has a mandate to deliver the highest quality vessels, built safely and on time,” said Captain Maciej Zielinski, Construction Manager in Turkey, HaiSea Marine. “Well-designed working environments, comfort and safety for the future crews are paramount. We are collaborating closely with Sanmar Shipyards, Robert Allan Ltd., Seaspan subject matter experts and major equipment suppliers to successfully deliver these technologically advanced vessels.”
Over the next three years, HaiSea will begin to deliver the world’s most environmentally friendly tug fleet. The two escort tugs are dual fuel (LNG and diesel) with an exhaust after-treatment system. The three harbour tugs are battery-electric with more than 5,200 kWh of installed battery capacity, allowing them to perform a large majority, or conceivably all their missions on battery power alone. Both vessel types are being designed for zero discharges. Tests and applications for UWN (underwater noise) notations will be made after construction and are predicted to be some of the quietest vessels on the coast.