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Mike Corrigan is the President and CEO of BC Ferries and believes in the importance of operating a safe, reliable and efficient ferry system. Mike’s column is a regular feature on the BC Ferries website and provides his point of view on the issues and opportunities facing BC Ferries and our customers.

January 11, 2017

Salish Orca arrives in B.C.

The Salish Orca, the first of three new Salish Class vessels, has arrived in British Columbia after completing a 10,440 nautical mile journey from Gdansk, Poland. After the vessel clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, she will be officially handed over to BC Ferries. Over the next couple of months, crews will be trained and familiarized in the operation of this new state-of-the-art ship. After public open houses in Powell River and Comox, Salish Orca will start service on that route in the spring of 2017.

The Salish Class are BC Ferries’ first natural gas-fuelled vessels and expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 15 to 25 per cent. They will provide us cost savings and efficiencies with standardized vessels and greater interoperability, as well as enhance safety well into the future.

The 107-metre Salish Class ships carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. The vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots. Each ship is powered by three Wartsila 8L20DF engines. Gross tonnage of each ship is 8,728 tonnes. The Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, the Salish Orca’s sister ships, are expected to arrive in B.C. this spring and will start service in the Southern Gulf Islands later this year.

This is a very exciting day for all of us at BC Ferries as we proudly welcome this beautiful ship into our fleet. These vessels are very well built ships, and they will improve reliability and customer service for customers on the Northern Sunshine Coast for many years to come. Please stay tuned for further details about the public open houses so you may see the ship in person. We look forward to welcoming you and your families on board the Salish Orca soon.

Safe travels,


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