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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Galati has launched the third Island Class vessel for BC Ferries, being part of an order of six ships which will perform an environmentally efficient inter-island ferry service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Damen delivered the first two vessels to BC Ferries earlier this year. The Island Discovery and Island Aurora have been providing a service along the British Columbian coast since June.

The Island Class vessels are Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3; the E3 standing for environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable. The vessels’ hybrid fuel arrangement assists BC Ferries in its goal of improving environmental performance, with a view to evolving towards full electric propulsion in the future. The ferry can carry up to 300 passengers and 47 cars.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of attendees, the launching ceremony was carried out digitally, with delegates from Canada, Romania and the Netherlands.

BC Ferries CEO Mark Collins said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone at Damen Shipyards Galati for the launching of the Island Class phase three. This is the third in our series of six vessels that are bringing clean, green, environmentally sustainable performance to the ferry system of British Columbia. Up and down the coast, the first two ships have been a great success and we look forward to receiving the next four. Thank you to everybody for your role in bringing this tremendous vessel to the people of British Columbia.”

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