ICE’s first 2021 new contract came in early January, with the award of a contract from Serco Canada Marine to supervise construction and testing of two ferries for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Canada. The contract follows a multi-year contract for Serco’s Australian sister company for ICE’s successful survey of construction and commissioning of a complex Australian icebreaking research and supply vessel. The contract adds Serco to ICE’s long list of repeat customers, and refreshes ICE’s long history of serving Canadian customers.

The 72-metre Amherst Islander II and the 99-metre Wolfe Islander IV, which are currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, will be the first passenger/car ferries in North America with the ability to operate fully electric.

It is estimated that electrification of the two ferries, one servicing Kingston and Wolfe Island and the other Millhaven and Amherst Island (Loyalist Township), will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.

Sorin Brazdis, Managing Director of ICEPRONAV Engineering said:

“Winning repeat orders from a client is the best sign of a client’s satisfaction with our service; it is a huge vote of confidence to be engaged by Serco for these fully electric newbuild ferries.”

Photo credit: Damen Shipyards.

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