The sixth and final Island Class ferry to join the BC Ferries fleet has left Romania and is heading to British Columbia.
The ship, temporarily nicknamed “Island 6,” left Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania, on Monday, and is expected to take 60 days to sail to BC under its own power, BC Ferries said Wednesday.
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The journey will take you across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast to Point Hope Maritime in Victoria.
The Island Class ferries are diesel-electric hybrids, and BC Ferries says the Island 6 will complete about a third of its journey on electric power.
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The company says it expects to operate the vessels on 100% electric power in the future, once its terminals are equipped with charging capabilities.
BC Ferries says the design will reduce both underwater emissions and noise.
The ferries can carry 47 vehicles and up to 400 passengers and crew.
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Once the vessel is received and passes 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 the smaller BC Ferries 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 named Island 5, also arrived in Victoria in September.
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