BC Ferries’ third new island class ferry departed Romania on Wednesday for a two-month trip to Point Hope Maritime in Vic West.
Once here, the diesel-electric hybrid ferry will be ready to go into service on the Campbell River-Quadra Island route next year. It will share the route with the fourth Island-class ship yet to arrive.
The ferry was built by Damen Shipyards, which delivers a total of six Island Class vessels to BC Ferries.
The new ship will travel approximately 10,700 nautical miles, stopping for fuel in Tenerife, the Canary Islands, and Balboa, Panama, after passing through the Panama Canal.
The ship has yet to be named. BC Ferries will take ownership of it after it arrives at Point Hope.
He sailed to British Columbia on his own. The previous two Island Class ferries were delivered in 2019 via a large carrier vessel. These two now serve the Powell River-Texada Island and Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula Island routes.
BC Ferries said in a statement that allowing the last ship to travel on its own means the ferries will arrive at different times, which will make it more manageable for the company.
Charging technology is still needed for BC Ferries to take full advantage of the power supply capacity of Island Class vessels.
“Once electric charging technology can be installed at BC Ferries terminals, these new vessels will be configured to operate like all battery-powered electric ferries, using clean renewable hydroelectric power,” said Captain Jamie Marshall , vice-president of BC Ferries. shipbuilding and innovation.
Island Class ferries have the capacity to carry at least 47 vehicles and up to 400 passengers and crew, and allow BC Ferries to redeploy and retire existing diesel-powered vessels.
The sixth ferry was launched in Romania in April. The fifth and sixth ferries will provide two-vessel service on the Nanaimo Harbor-Gabriola Island route starting next year.
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