Friday, December 20, 2013

MV Tachek Returns To Quadra - Cortes Run Jan.


MV TACHEK COMPLETES MAJOR $19 MILLION 
LIFE EXTENSION PROJECT AT POINT HOPE MARITIME

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to announce the MV Tachek has just completed a major life extension project at Point Hope Maritime in Victoria, which prepares the 44-year old vessel for another 15 years of service.

The ship spent eight and a half months at Point Hope Maritime in Victoria, B.C. undergoing the majority of the work at this local shipyard and more than three months at BC Ferries’ Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond, B.C. Work for this major capital investment included:

• Hybrid battery system – first in the fleet
• New heating and ventilation system
• Full upgrade of all accommodation areas
• New fire detection/protection system
• New wheelhouse structure
• New navigation suite
• New thermal and fire insulation
• New bulbous bow and vessel doors
• New propellers and shaft lines
• Asbestos abatement of entire ship
• New engines, gearboxes and emergency generator
• New ‘power take off’ shaft generators
• Installation of a Hi-Fog, water mist, fire suppression system
• New bow thruster unit
• New alarm, public address and CCTV system
• LED lighting
• New state-of-the-art lifesaving appliances
• New electrical cabling systems
• Complete blasting of hull and superstructure
• Complete paint renewal

“At BC Ferries we are always looking for new and innovative ways to promote our environmental stewardship as well as reduce our overall operating costs,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering. “On the Tachek project we are implementing a hybrid battery system, and eliminating the use of a generator for thruster and secondary power requirements. Overall, this work will result in a significant improvement in safety, reliability and performance.”

BC Ferries spends between $70 million to $120 million in a year in B.C. on maintenance, refit and major capital projects. In the past five years, BC Ferries has spent approximately half a billion dollars in B.C. on these important investments in its fleet.

The MV Tachek will return to the Quadra Island – Cortes Island route in early January 2014.

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