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August 4, 2015 BC Ferries Announces Open Houses for Southern Gulf Islands Schedule Project
BC Ferries is inviting members of the public to attend upcoming open houses and provide feedback on sailing schedules that may be introduced with the introduction of two new Salish Class Ferries, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, into service in the Southern Gulf Islands region in 2017.
 
 
July 28, 2015
BC Ferries Announces Names for Three Intermediate Class Vessels
Following a contest in which BC Ferries received more than 7,100 entries, a panel of judges has selected Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven as the names for its new intermediate class ferries currently under construction.
 
 
July 8, 2015 BC Ferries Announces Steel Cut for Third New Ferry
The first steel cut for BC Ferries' third new intermediate class ferry (ICF) took place last week, bringing all three new ships closer to their delivery to B.C. waters. This is another significant step in the project to build three ferries capable of running as dual-fuel on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ultra-low sulphur diesel.
   
April 16, 2015  BC Ferries Seeks Input on Southern Gulf Islands Sailing Schedules
BC Ferries is launching a survey today to better understand the service needs of Southern Gulf Islands customers. This survey is the first step in a nine-month process offering customers an opportunity to provide input on improving sailing schedules for Southern Gulf Islands routes.
   
April 13, 2015 BC Ferries Announces Steel Cut for Second Intermediate Class Ferry
The first steel cut on BC Ferries’ second of three new intermediate class ferries (ICF) took place at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on Friday. The steel cut is another significant milestone in the construction of three new dual-fuel ferries, capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or diesel.
   
February 2, 2015 BC Ferries Signs 10-Year Contract with FortisBC
BC Ferries is pleased to announce it has just awarded a long-term contract to FortisBC to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the three new intermediate class vessels that are currently under construction.
   
January 19, 2015

Construction Begins on New Intermediate Class Ferry
BC Ferries announced that the first steel cut for the first of three new intermediate class ferries (ICF) took place at the Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. shipyard in Gdansk, Poland last week. The event marks the construction start of the next new vessel in BC Ferries’ fleet and was recognized at a small ceremony with representatives in attendance from BC Ferries and Remontowa.

   
November 26, 2014 BC Ferries Showcases Design of Queen of Nanaimo Replacement
BC Ferries has completed the preliminary design elements for passenger and vehicle decks of the Queen of Nanaimo replacement vessel and customers are invited to provide input.
   
July 3, 2014 BC Ferries Awards $165 Million in Contracts
for Three New Liquefied Natural Gas Fuelled Intermediate Class Ferries

Following the completion of an extensive competitive bidding process, BC Ferries has awarded Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Gdansk, Poland contracts totalling $165 million to build three new intermediate class vessels.
   
July 3, 2014 Researchers Put Math to Work for BC Ferries
Today’s multi-million-dollar announcement by BC Ferries to build three new intermediate class vessels is welcome news to a pair of Simon Fraser University mathematicians whose research helped validate the decision.
   
December 9, 2013 BC Ferries Issues Request for Proposals to Build Three LNG Ferries
BC Ferries announced today that the company has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to five pre-qualified shipyards, including one Canadian proponent, to build three intermediate class ferries to replace the 48-year old Queen of Burnaby and the 49-year old Queen of Nanaimo. Both of these vessels are nearing the end of their service lives and will be retired in 2016.
   
July 23, 2013 BC Ferries Commissioner Approves Major Capital Expenditure for Three Intermediate Class Vessels
The BC Ferries Commissioner has approved BC Ferries’ application to construct three new intermediate class vessels to replace the 48-year old Queen of Burnaby and the 49-year old Queen of Nanaimo. Both of these vessels are nearing the end of their service lives and are scheduled for retirement in 2016.