BC Ferries has the Ferry Commissioner’s okay to convert the two Spirit Class ships to engines capable of using LNG during their mid-life re-fits.
The re-fits are scheduled for late 2016 and late 2017.
Speaking last week on fuel surcharges, BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan said the anticipated savings from being able to use LNG on the two ships would reduce cost pressures on other routes too.
BC Ferries says the Spirit Class ships use as much as 15 per cent of the total diesel consumed by the entire fleet.
Ferries has already said three new ships on order for the Southern Gulf Islands and Powell River Comox routes will also be dual fuel ships.