About BC Ferries

Island Sky

Our New Intermediate Ferry

On July 6, 2006, we signed a $45.5 million contract with Vancouver Shipyards, a Washington Marine Group company, to build a new 102-metre, 125-car intermediate size ferry that will enter service in 2008. The Island Sky, featuring a comfortable lounge, a snack bar and a state-of-the-art lifesaving system, now sails on the scenic Earls Cove – Saltery Bay route on the Sunshine Coast.

Construction of the new ship began on December 11, 2006, with a keel-laying ceremony at Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver. In keeping with maritime tradition, the ceremony was marked by the placing of a coin into the keel blocks just prior to the lowering the unit into place. The special edition $20 coin was retrieved at the time of launch and presented to BC Ferries.

In early December 2008, the Island Sky joined the BC Ferries fleet.  After an extensive training program to familiarize crews with the new vessel is complete, the vessel officially entered service on February 19, 2009. 

Read More About the Island Sky
February 18, 2009 Island Sky Officially Starts Service
December 10, 2008 BC Ferries Takes Delivery of MV Island Sky
November 20, 2007 BC Ferries Introduces MV Island Sky
December 11, 2006 Construction Begins on New Intermediate Vessel
July 6, 2006 BC Ferries signs contract to build new intermediate size vessel
February 2, 2005 Three Bids Received for Construction of New Mid-Size Ferry
October 29, 2004 RFP Issued for New Intermediate Vessel