About BC Ferries

BC Ferries’ Newest Class of Vessels

BC Ferries' Newest Class of Vessels-Artist Rendering

BC Ferries has commenced work for the design and build of two new ferries to serve the Northern Gulf Islands. The first of the new vessels will be deployed on the Powell River – Texada Island route, replacing the 59-year old North Island Princess, which will be retired from the BC Ferries fleet. The second vessel will replace the Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route. The Quadra Queen II will become a relief vessel, allowing for fleet redeployments and the retirement of the 53-year old Howe Sound Queen. These two new vessels are planned to enter the fleet by 2020.

Both vessels will be the same build to achieve optimal procurement, low operating cost and interoperability. Standardized vessels help ensure consistent service across many routes.

 

Public Participation

In Fall 2016, BC Ferries embarked on a three phase engagement process with customers and local communities. We want to hear from our customers prior to the final designs being set.

Phase 1   Phase 2   Phase 3

Public Participation Sessions

Earlier this month, BC Ferries hosted Public Participation Sessions in the communities of Texada Island, Alert Bay and Sointula to provide a project update, and to seek feedback on design features and amenities.

If you were unable to attend a Public Participation Session, BC Ferries encourages you to share your feedback on passenger amenities that you would like to see considered when finalizing the design of these vessels to vesselreplacement@bcferries.com by September 8, 2017.

Your email address and any other information about you is being collected under section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of helping us to plan and design amenities for the new vessels. If you have any questions about the collection of your information, you can contact the Project Manager, Vessel Replacement Program by writing to us at vesselreplacement@bcferries.com or at Suite 500–1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC, V8W 0B7, or by calling 250-978-1416.

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Vessel Class Overview

The two minor class vessels will have the capacity to carry at least 44 vehicles and up to 300 passengers and crew. They will have a number of key features that support BC Ferries’ goal to be efficient and environmentally responsible throughout its system. Highlights include:

  • A hybrid diesel electric - battery power generation and propulsion system that uses on board electric battery power for operation of the vessel. Electric propulsion is quiet, smooth and efficient compared to traditional diesel propulsion.
  • Engines which operate on ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel, which has lower environmental impact than regular marine diesel oil.
  • Hull, propeller and thruster design that minimizes underwater radiated noise.
  • Arrangements to minimize shipboard vibration and airborne noise to improve conditions for communities, passengers and crew.
  • A fully contained waste water handling system which eliminates discharges to the sea.
Passenger Deck - Artist Rendering   Salon Overall - Artist Rendering   Salon Study
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Concept Features

Function & Design

  • A double-ended hull with single vehicle deck, high bulwarks and enclosed ends.
  • Proposed capacity of 300 (passengers and crew) maximum, 150 on a normal license.
  • Roll-on/roll-off vehicle deck with minimum 44 automobile equivalents (AEQ*) (approximately 270 meters of vehicle lanes) with either end capable of loading/unloading.
  • Standardized design for fleet interoperability and efficient training.
  • Service life of minimum 40 years; emphasis on sound structural design and effective coatings.
  • Suitable for year-round service in coastal British Columbia on Near Coastal Voyages, Class 2 (NC2), and Sheltered Waters routes.
  • Passenger lounge accessible from vehicle deck, meets accessibility requirements without elevators.
  • Lounge outfitted with mix of tables, study carrels, comfortable seats, community bulletin board, tourism space and charging stations for personal electronic devices.
  • Overhead sun deck with a mix of tables and individual seats protected by a transparent wind break.
  • Sufficient speed to maintain and recover schedule when required.

Environment

  • Overall design optimized for low noise, low vibration and minimal wake wash.
  • Sea keeping suitable for winter transit in coastal British Columbia without excessive motion or spray.
  • All systems designed for low energy consumption and clean environmental performance. 

Safety

  • Mechanical and electrical systems designed for simplicity, efficient performance and ease of maintenance.
  • Propulsion to provide efficient transit and sufficient manoeuvrability for reliable docking in expected environmental conditions.
  • Redundant systems for reliable performance.
  • Modern safety and control systems.


BC Ferries looks forward to completing the design process, and welcoming you aboard in 2020.

*Automobile Equivalent (AEQ) is used to determine vessel capacity based on a standard vehicle measure of 6.1 x 2.6 meters, roughly equal to a full size family vehicle.

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