BC Ferries’ newest Island Class ferry, temporarily named Island 3, is expected to arrive at Ogden Point in Victoria tomorrow morning and then transit to Point Hope Maritime in the afternoon.
The vessel departed Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania on May 19 on a 64 day, 10,700 nautical mile transatlantic journey to Vancouver Island.
Upon arrival at Point Hope Maritime, final inspections will take place and BC Ferries will take ownership of the vessel. Crews have been familiarized with the vessel and docks have been fitted. This will reduce logistical, operational training and maintenance costs, according to BC Ferries
BC Ferries said the ship will sail around southern Vancouver Island and into Victoria’s Upper Harbour and can be spotted from a number of downtown Victoria locations, including Dallas Road, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Songhees Walkway, Wharf Street and the Johnson Street Bridge.
The Island Class ferries are battery-equipped ships designed for future full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding becomes available in B.C. The design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves customer service, according to BC Ferries.
The ferry will enter service next year. Together, it and Island 4, currently on route to Victoria, will provide two-ship service on the Campbell River – Quadra Island Route. BC Ferries will officially name the vessels later this summer.