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BC FERRIES NAMES FIFTH HYBRID ELECTRIC FERRY

BC FERRIES NAMES FIFTH HYBRID ELECTRIC FERRY

Thursday, December 16, 2021 

BC Ferries of Canada has named its latest Island Class Ferry, 'Island Kwigwis', at its fleet maintenance facility in Richmond, BC.

Island Kwigwis is the newest vessel to join the fleet and will begin service in the spring of 2022, allowing for two-ship operation on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route. The name Kwigwis, which means "eagle of the sea," was selected with support from the Na̲mg̲is First Nation.

Mark Collins, BC Ferries' President and CEO, said: "Island Kwigwis represents a small step on the path to fostering our relationships with First Nations, embracing our environmental responsibilities, while maintaining our commitment to the communities we serve. This ship will connect people and we are grateful for the opportunity to make that happen."

The Island Class ferries were built by Damen Shipyards and have the capacity to carry up to 47 vehicles and up to 450 passengers and crew. They 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.

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