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About this ferry
The Northern Expedition provides regular ferry service between:
As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, operational guidelines call for regular and frequent safety drills for all crew members on every ferry.
Over 1,000 drills will be conducted this year to ensure the highest safety standards for our ferries and crews.
In the event of an emergency, always follow the instructions of ferry’s personnel.
Important: in the case of an emergency, elevators are not available and vehicle access may be prohibited.
The following signals are used to crew members to an emergency:
Continuous ringing of the alarm bell.
- Person overboard
Three long soundings of the whistle and general alarm bell. Keep outer decks clear where rescue operations are underway.
- Boat/raft stations
Seven (or more) short soundings, followed by one long sounding of the ferry’s general alarm and/or whistle.
Signals will be followed by an announcement explaining the nature of the emergency. If you hear a signal, don’t panic. Our crew will take immediate charge of the situation and clearly explain exactly what to do.
If the ferry needs to be evacuated, twin track inflatable slides, similar to those used for passenger aircraft, can be deployed by crew members from Deck 5.
Using the same basic principles as playground slides, and looking much like them, the inflatable slides are easy for all passengers to use by sliding quickly down to a life raft.
- There are six life rafts, four capable of carrying 100 passengers each, and two capable of carrying 50 passengers each
- In total, the life rafts can accommodate more people than the maximum the ferry can carry
- There are two life boats, capable of carrying 100 people each
Should there ever be a need to evacuate the ferry, crew members will direct you to one of these evacuation stations.
This ferry carries two rescue boats to assist in towing life rafts, to provide emergency response, and to help passengers to safety.
Life jackets are stowed in clearly marked lockers throughout all interior and exterior decks.
Two sizes of life jackets are available:
- One for children up to 90 pounds (41 kg)
- One for adults
In the unlikely event of an emergency, crew members will instruct you on the proper use of your life jacket.
Fire extinguishers are located in all interior and exterior passenger deck areas, plus:
- Manual pull stations throughout the ferry
- Heat-sensitive sprinklers on the passenger decks
- A manual deluge system on the vehicle decks
- Chemical fire suppression over the Galley equipment
- Water mist throughout the passenger areas and service spaces
This ferry is equipped with active fin stabilizers to improve the ride in heavy seas and meets all Canadian stability requirements including the TP 10943 (SOLAS ’90 (Safety of Life at Sea)) damage stability standards for two compartment damage.
The hull is subdivided into 14 watertight compartments. There are eight automatic watertight doors.
While at sea, the bow visor and ramp are locked closed by hydraulically operated cleats, where watertight seals are formed by the compression of heavy rubber gaskets.
Watertight integrity is monitored continuously by the Bridge. All Watertight openings are inspected, serviced, tested and certified annually.
Monitoring for safety
This ferry has video cameras installed, allowing the bridge and engineering crew to continuously monitor all areas of the ferry and remotely activate safety systems quickly. The crew also maintains regular inspection rounds of the ferry during the sailing.
Find and view schedule for routes between:
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The information on this page applies to the Northern Adventure only. Locations and complement of safety equipment on other ferries will vary.
Important: Ferries are periodically modified. BC Ferries does not accept any responsibility or liability for any errors in the information provided.
- Built 2009
- Overall length (m) 151.75
- Maximum displacement (t) 8726.0
- Car capacity 115
- Passenger & crew capacity 638
- Maximum speed (knots) 20.5
- Horsepower 12000
To ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all passengers, BC Ferries provides a variety of accessibility options, including discounted passenger fares, assistance getting on and off the ferry, and wheelchairs to borrow for boarding.
The Northern Expedition has accessible washrooms on Decks 4 and 5, and elevators on board. There are also three fully accessible passenger cabins on Deck 5.
During extreme weather, passenger elevators may be unavailable due to safety regulations.
If you use a wheelchair, please let the agent at the ticket booth know when you arrive, and we will do our best to arrange for you to park as close as possible to an elevator.
Special assistance in an emergency
If you would require special assistance in the event of an emergency, please inform the ticket agent at the terminal and a crew member on the ferry.
Learn more about BC Ferries accessibility