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BC FERRIES NAMES TWO MORE ISLAND CLASS ELECTRIC VESSELS

BC FERRIES NAMES TWO MORE ISLAND CLASS ELECTRIC VESSELS

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 

BC Ferries of Canada has held a naming ceremony for its third and fourth Island Class ferries, which will be known as 'Island Nagalis' and 'Island Kuluta' respectively.

The vessels will begin service in 2022, allowing a two-ship service to begin on the Campbell River – Quadra Island route. BC Ferries selected the names following a community engagement process. The names celebrate the important connection to some of the coastal communities the ferries will serve. In both Kwak̓wala and Lik̓wala, two of the Kwakwaka’wakw dialects, Nagalis means “dawn on the land” and K’ulut’a is the name for Porpoise.

The Damen-built Island Class ferries have the capacity to carry 47 vehicles and up to 400 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 B.C. The design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service.

“When these ships enter service next year, they will connect communities and help BC Ferries in its journey towards being one of the most sustainable companies in the world. We are grateful to have members of the BC Ferries family and the communities we serve bestow the ships with good luck and protection,” said Mark Collins, President and CEO, BC Ferries

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