BC Ferries’ 6th and final Island-class hybrid electric ferry sets sail for British Columbia

The sixth and last Island Class ferry to join the BC Ferries fleet has left Romania and is headed for British Columbia.

The ship, temporarily dubbed “Island 6,” left Damen shipyards in Galati, Romania on Monday and is expected to take 60 days to get to British Columbia on its own, BC Ferries said Wednesday.

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The trip will take him across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast to Point Hope Maritime in Victoria.

Island Class ferries are diesel-electric hybrids, and BC Ferries says the Island 6 will make about a third of its trip on electricity.


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The company says it hopes to operate the ships under 100% electricity in the future, once its terminals are equipped with charging capacities.

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BC Ferries says the design will reduce both emissions and underwater noise.

The ferries can carry 47 vehicles and up to 400 passengers and crew.

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Once the ship has been received and passed inspection in Victoria, it will become one of two Island Class ferries serving the Nanaimo-Gabriola Island route next year.

The hybrids are designed to handle some of BC Ferries’ smaller routes, and two of the ships, the Island Discovery and the Island Aurora, entered service in June 2020.

BC Ferries announced the names of two more hybrids, Island Nagalis and Island K’ulut’a last month. They are expected to enter service early next year.

The fifth ship, temporarily dubbed Island 5, also arrived in Victoria in September.

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