The vessel, temporarily named Island 6, transited the Panama Canal on Nov. 18 — it departed a Romanian shipyard in October, according to a release from BC Ferries.
About one-third of the voyage from Romania was completed by using battery power with the main engines stopped, according to BC Ferries.
The vessel will enter service next year and will help provide two-ship service on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route.
BC Ferries said depending on the weather, it will take about 60 days to make the voyage.
The vessel departed Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania on May 19 on a 64 day, 10,700 nautical mile transatlantic journey to Vancouver Island.
BC Ferries said it expects the ship to arrive in B.C. by mid-August.

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