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Intermediate Class Ferries (ICFs) - New Salish Class Vessels

Artist's rendering of new Intermediate Class Ferry

Over 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 its Salish Class of vessels, otherwise known as Intermediate Class Ferries (or ICFs). The Salish Orca and the Salish Eagle will be introduced into service on the Southern Gulf Islands routes starting in 2017. These two new vessels, as well as a third ICF (the Salish Raven) that will serve to augment peak and shoulder season service in the Southern Gulf Islands, are being built at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.

The names Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven were chosen to honour the Coast Salish people and the Salish Sea where these vessels will operate. To celebrate Salish culture, BC Ferries is working with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to select Coast Salish artisans to design artwork for the exterior and interior of the vessels. BC Ferries anticipates beautiful designs that both preserve and advance Coast Salish culture.

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

The upcoming introduction of the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven into service is an opportunity to revisit the sailing schedules for the Southern Gulf Islands. In April 2015, BC Ferries embarked on a nine month consultation with our customers to develop sailing schedules that meet the needs of these communities. We are continuing with Phase Two of our Southern Gulf Islands schedule review in our continued effort to better align customers’ needs, while balancing capacity with demand and the seasonality of ferry travel. Learn more about the consultation >>

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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