The 10 440 nautical mile journey will take approximately 45 – 55 days to complete, depending on the weather. The vessel will stop to refuel in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, and Panama City, Panama. It will transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to reach B.C.
Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. is responsible for delivering the ship to B.C. and has contracted with a professional international ship delivery specialist. Some of the vessel’s crew members are on various legs of the journey for training and familiarisation.
The LNG dual-fuel vessel is scheduled to arrive in B.C. in April for crew training and familiarisation, with operations scheduled to commence in the Southern Gulf Islands in the summer.
The President and CEO of BC Ferries, Mike Corrigan, said: “We are looking forward to introducing all three new Salish Class vessels into service this year, which will serve British Columbians for decades to come.
“We plan to operate these ships on natural gas, which will improve our environmental footprint and reduce our operating costs.”
Stz’uminus First Nation’s John Marston has designed artwork especially for the vessel, which will be applied once the ferry arrives. Upon final inspection, BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of the vessel.
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