BC Ferries’ newest hybrid ship passes through Panama Canal on its way home from Romania

Island 4 departing Romania bound for B.C. earlier this year. || BC Ferries photo.
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BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ship is preparing for the next leg of its trip home, after transiting the Panama Canal over the weekend.

Island 4, as it is temporarily named, departed Damen Shipyard Galati in Romania in early June under its own power. BC Ferries said it expects the ship to arrive in B.C. by mid-August.

Island Class vessels are battery equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. The design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service, according to BC Ferries.

To follow the ship’s journey and track its progress including course, position and speed, visit vesselfinder.com and search for Island 4. BC Ferries said it will take ownership of the new ferry upon final inspection at Point Hope Maritime in Victoria.

Island 4 will enter service next year and will be officially named later this year. Together these ships will provide two-ship service on the Campbell River – Quadra Island Route starting in 2022.

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