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Intermediate Class Ferries (ICFs) - New-Build Program

Artist's rendering of new Intermediate Class FerryOver the next two years, BC Ferries will be retiring the Queen of Nanaimo and the Queen of Burnaby from its fleet. These two vessels were built in 1964 and 1965 respectively, and will have served their communities for over 50 years by the time they are retired.

To replace these vessels, BC Ferries will be introducing two new Intermediate Class Ferries into service on the Southern Gulf Islands routes starting in 2017. These two new vessels, as well as a third ICF that will serve to augment peak and shoulder season service in the Southern Gulf Islands, are being built Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.

These new vessels will be capable of running as dual-fuel on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ultra-low Sulphur diesel. The first ICF is scheduled to arrive in August 2016, the second in October 2016, and the third in February 2017.

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Public Input

In April 2015, we embarked on a nine month consultation with our Southern Gulf Islands customers to develop sailing schedules that meet the needs of these communities. Get more information on the consultation.

In December 2014, BC Ferries representatives conducted public information sessions onboard the Queen of Burnaby and the Queen of Nanaimo, as well as locations in Powell River and Richmond, to show the vessel designs to residents and customers of these routes who will be served by the new ICF vessels. Customer feedback was received at the information sessions, by mail and through online methods. This feedback was used to help BC Ferries finalize the design of passenger accommodation features.


Story Boards
BC Ferries presented story boards at each information session. For customers who were unable to attend any of these sessions, the story boards may be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the following link:

Thank you for your support throughout this project.

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