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BC Ferries' Island Class Vessels

Island Class Vessel

We are pleased to introduce the newest class of ferry to our fleet - the Island Class. Island Class ferries will service four routes in the near future:

By 2020, two Island Class ferries will service:

  • Powell River – Texada (1 ferry)
  • Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula (1 ferry)

By 2022, four Island Class ferries will service:

  • Campbell River – Quadra Island (2 ferries)
  • Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island (2 ferries)

What's happening for

Powell River – Texada
Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula

What's happening for

Campbell River – Quadra Island
Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island

An overview of the Island Class ferries

The Island Class ferries will carry 47 vehicles and up to 300 passengers and crew. Double-ended for easy loading and unloading, the ships will also feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths, and bicycle parking spaces. The Island Class, will be battery hybrid-electric vessels that utilize some of the most advanced clean marine technology in the world. Once in service, we believe these vessels will be among the most efficient and quietest electric-hybrid ferries world-wide.

Passenger lounges and washrooms will be situated on the main deck for easy access. Lounge areas will be built for comfort with a variety of seating choices and charging stations for electronics. An overhead sundeck with seating, windbreaks, and an accessible washroom will provide a comfortable space to sit outdoors.


Key features of the Island Class ferries include:

  • Hybrid diesel-electric battery power generation and propulsion system
  • Flexibility for full electric operation in the future
  • Low energy consumption
  • Ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel source
  • Hull, thrusters, and propellers designed for minimal underwater radiated noise (URN)
  • Designed for low noise, low vibration, and minimal wake wash
  • Fully-contained wastewater system
  • Mechanical and electrical systems designed for efficient performance and ease of maintenance
  • Designed for maneuverability and comfortable travel in coastal waters at all times of the year
  • 14 knots of service speed for efficient travel and resiliency of service
  • Minimum 40 year service life

We are standardizing our fleet

The Island Class ferries are part of our move towards standardizing our ferry fleet. Standardization helps us:

  • Dramatically improve resiliency in our fleet by allowing us to move vessels around to replace each other during refits, repairs, and unexpected challenges
  • Provide a more consistent travel experience for our customers
  • Reduce logistical, operational, training, and maintenance costs

Questions, concerns, or need more information?

Send us an email at vesselreplacement@bcferries.com.

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