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BC FERRIES NAMES LAST OF HYBRID VESSEL SERIES

BC FERRIES NAMES LAST OF HYBRID VESSEL SERIES

Thursday, January 13, 2022 

Canadian operator BC Ferries has named its sixth hybrid electric Island Class ferry - 'Island Gwawis', last in this series of Island Class vessels - at Victoria’s Point Hope Maritime.

The new ferry will allow for the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route to be serviced by two Island Class vessels. Gwawis means "raven of the sea" and was selected with input and support from the 'Na̲mg̲is First Nation. It celebrates the cultural connection between the original mariners of the coastal waters and the communities the vessel will soon serve. The vessel was built by Damen Shipyards.

Mark Collins, President and CEO, BC Ferries, said: "This ship is as much about the relationships we are building as the service it provides. "Together we have delivered six innovative hybrid-electric ferries under the challenges of a global pandemic. Island Gwawis will help move us towards being one of the most sustainable companies in the world while connecting communities along the way."

Island Class ferries have the capacity to carry 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. 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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