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SUSTAINABLE FERRY BEGINS VOYAGE FROM POLAND TO CANADA

SUSTAINABLE FERRY BEGINS VOYAGE FROM POLAND TO CANADA

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 

BC Ferries’ latest Salish Class vessel is now on its way to British Columbia, 'Salish Heron' having left Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk.

This is the fourth Salish Class vessel to join BC Ferries’ fleet and will commence service in 2022. It will take approximately 55 days for Salish Heron to make the transoceanic voyage, depending on weather. The ship will sail approximately 10,440 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific Coast of North America arriving at Victoria’s Ogden Point for inspection in February. It will then move to BC Ferries’ Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond for final preparations.

The Salish Class vessels operate on LNG. The hull design creates a very small wake and the electric propulsion and structural design ensure a quiet ride. The Indigenous artwork on each Salish class vessel is an acknowledgement of the Coast Salish sailors as original navigators of these coastal waters.

Capt Jamie Marshall, BC Ferries’ VP Shipbuilding and Innovation said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Salish Heron into service next year. Given our presence in coastal waters, we are determined to conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible way in our transition to a lower carbon future.”

Salish Heron is identical to the three Salish Class ferries which entered service in 2017, with capacity to carry up to 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. With three identical vessels already in service, BC Ferries is realising the benefits of standardisation as crew training is being completed on ferries currently in operation.

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