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BC Ferries' Island Class

Efficient, quiet, battery-hybrid ferries

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BC Ferries will be introducing four new Island Class ferries to the fleet in 2022. Two of the ferries will operate on the Campbell River – Quadra Island route and two will operate on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route. Last year, the first two ferries of this new Class of ferry, the Island Aurora and Island Discovery, entered service on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route and the Texada Island – Powell River route.

About the Island Class

The Island Class ferries carry 47 vehicles and are double-ended for easy loading and unloading. The ferries also feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths, and bicycle parking spaces.

Passenger lounges and washrooms are situated on the main deck for easy access. Lounge areas have been built with your comfort in mind, with a variety of seating choices and charging stations. A sundeck with seating, windbreaks, and an accessible washroom will provide a comfortable space to sit outdoors.

The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves the customer experience on board.

The Island Class ferries will service the following routes:
  • Powell River – Texada Island: Island Discovery
  • Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula: Island Aurora 
  • Campbell River – Quadra Island (two ferries) in 2022
  • Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island (two ferries) in 2022
The Island Class under construction and during sea trials in 2019.

Key features

  • Electric power and propulsion systems
  • Battery-hybrid power systems improve efficiency and reduce emissions during interim operations
  • Exhaust system reduces NOx emissions through selective catalytic reduction
  • Twin propellers designed to reduce underwater radiated noise
  • Designed to be fully accessible without elevators, reducing energy consumption, operating cost and complexity
  • Vessel completely outfitted with LED lighting
  • Heat recovery system uses waste thermal energy to heat vessel
  • Low friction and biofouling resistant hull coating reduces fuel consumption
  • Comfortable passenger lounges and solariums for great views along the journey

We are standardizing our fleet

The Island Class ferries are another step towards standardizing our fleet. Standardization helps us:
  • Dramatically improve resiliency in our fleet by allowing us to move ferries 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.

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