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New Salish Class Vessels

Salish Eagle sailing through the Southern Gulf Islands
Salish Eagle

The Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven are the newest vessels to join the BC Ferries fleet this year. The new vessels will be replacing the Queen of Nanaimo and the now retired Queen of Burnaby. These two vessels were built in 1965 and 1964 respectively, and will have served their communities for over 50 years at the time of retirement.

The Salish Class vessels were built at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. All three vessels arrived in BC this year after a 10,440 nautical mile journey for each ship. The Salish Orca arrived in Canada in January 2017, and entered service on the Comox-Powell River route in May. The Salish Eagle arrived in March and entered service on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route in June. The Salish Raven arrived in June and entered service for the Southern Gulf Islands in August.

The Salish Class vessels are capable of running as dual-fuel on either natural gas or ultra-low Sulphur diesel. BC Ferries’ use of natural gas for the Salish Class vessels results in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which is the same as taking 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually*.

*Assumes an average annual consumption of 3,800 gigajoules (GJ) for an LNG truck with a carbon intensity of 63,260 gCO2e/GJ. This equates to approximately 240 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared with 355 tonnes from a diesel equivalent (93,550 gCO2e/GJ). This is for one ferry.

     
Salish Class Photo Gallery

   
Collage of Salish Class vehicle decks
  Collage of Salish Class vessel in berth at Tsawwassen
  Behind the scenes of the galley onboard the Salish Class
  Salish Eagle in berth at Tsawwassen Terminal

Behind the scenes of the galley onboard the Salish Class
         
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Coast Salish Artists

In January 2016, BC Ferries and the First Peoples' Cultural Council announced the selection of three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels; Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz’uminus for the Salish Eagle and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven. The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the Salish Sea.

 

Rendering of how artwork will appear on Salish RavenOn February 9, 2017, BC Ferries, the First People’s Cultural Council and Musqueam Nation revealed the final of three Salish artistic designs. Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Raven.

Learn more about Thomas Cannell and the artwork reveal ceremony in the News Release.

 

 

Rendering of how artwork will appear on Salish EagleOn September 14, 2016, BC Ferries, the First People’s Cultural Council and Stz’uminus First Nation revealed the second of three Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels. Stz’uminus First Nation’s John Marston designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Eagle.

Learn more about John Marston and the artwork reveal ceremony in the News Release.

 

 

Rendering of how artwork will appear on Salish Orca

On March 29, 2016, BC Ferries, the First People’s Cultural Council and Esquimalt Nation revealed Darlene Gait’s artwork design that will adorn the Salish Orca.

Learn more about Darlene Gait and the ceremony where her artwork was revealed in the News Release.

 

 

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