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Canadian operator BC Ferries’ fourth Island Class ferry, temporarily named Island 4, has arrived Point Hope Maritime to complete fitting out.

Under its own power, Island 4 departed Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania in early June. The approximately 10,700 nautical mile transoceanic journey to Point Hope Maritime in Victoria has taken 67 days.

The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for future full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding becomes available in BC From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service.

After its arrival at Point Hope Maritime, final inspections will take place and BC Ferries will take ownership of the vessel. With two identical Island Class vessels already in service, BC Ferries is beginning to realise the benefits of standardisation. Dock fits and crew familiarisation for Island 4 is well underway, reducing logistical, operational, training and maintenance costs, contributing to a more efficient ferry system overall. Island 3 began its voyage under its own power on May 19 and arrived in Victoria, British Columbia on July 22.

BC Ferries looks forward to welcoming this new Island Class ferry into service next year. The arrival of these new vessels will allow Quadra Island and Gabriola Island to each be serviced by two Island Class vessels. BC Ferries looks forward to officially naming the vessels later this summer and celebrating with the communities, when the time is right.

 

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