Native and environmental traits deck a naval arm of custom-built tugboats that the first major Canadian LNG export project will launch on the northern Pacific coast of British Columbia.

The HaiSea Marine partnership of Seaspan ULC and the Haisla First Nation tribal host of LNG Canada at Kitimat announced that deliveries have begun of five escort and harbor vessels to guide large liquefied natural gas tankers that are expected to make 170-350 annual visits to the export facility. 

HaiSea tugboat names display their native connection in their names: Kermode (spirit bear in the Haisla language), Warrior, Wamis (first settler), Wee’git (raven), and Brave. The tugboat power systems boast low-carbon emissions.

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