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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

Canadian operator BC Ferries says that its newest vessel, 'Island Discovery', has officially commenced service on the Texada Island Powell River route.

Island Discovery is the first of a series of hybrid-electric ships designed for future full electric operation. The ships, built by Damen at the Galati yard in Romania, are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding become available. One of the Corvus Energy battery packs is pictured.

The Island Discovery’s entry into BC Ferries’ fleet allows for the retirement of the 59-year old North Island Princess. The second vessel in the Island Class series, Island Aurora, will shortly replace Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route.

Island Class ferries have the capacity to carry 47 vehicles and up to 392 passengers, depending on configuration. The design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service.

Partial funding for these two vessels was provided by the federal government through the Provincial – Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.

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