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Ontario Building Fully Electric Ferry for Amherst Island

The Province of Ontario is building the first fully electric non-cable vessels in Canada with two new ferries to connect the mainland with Amherst Island and Wolfe Island.

In November 2017, the province awarded the design-build contract for new, larger ferries that will support more people, vehicles and goods in travelling to and from the Islands. In March 2018, the province announced that the two ferries will be electrified, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 7.4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide per year, the same as taking 1,357 cars off the road, compared to conventional diesel ferries.

Damen Shipyards of The Netherlands are constructing the new ferries, with the Amherst Island ferry planned for delivery in 2020. You can read about the features of the new Amherst Island ferry on their website. They are also keeping a blog of the construction project as it progresses.

Artist's concept of new Amherst Island ferry