BC Ferries Coastal Class

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The Coastal class, also known as the "Super-C" class, is a series of 3 vessels owned and operated by BC Ferries. They were built between 2007 and 2008 by the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft shipyard in Flensburg, Germany with BC Ferries owning the design.

They are currently the largest double-ended ferries in the world. BC Ferries sometimes operates these vessels with single bridge if the stern propulsion or steering gears are having problems which requires them to turn around near the terminal. All vessels were design with a high degree of standardization, as the first step in BC Ferries' fleet plan to modernize and standardize its vessels.

The Coastal class was ordered to replace the remaining single-hull Victoria class ferries, namely the Queen of Esquimalt, Queen of Saanich, and Queen of Vancouver.

All vessels feature two vehicle decks: the lower deck has a clearance of 14.5m and can fit up to 32 semis, while the upper deck has a clearance of 2.9m and is primarily for cars. The lower deck is built to accommodate a platform deck in the future, if additional capacity for underheight vehicles is required. There are 3 passenger decks, with amenities including a Coastal Café full cafeteria, Coastal Café Express snack bar, Sitka Coffee Place (Coastal Renaissance and Coastal Inspiration), Seawest Lounge (Only on route 1 and route 2), Passages gift shop, Kids Zone play area, and exterior decks. Sitka Coffee Place is design for Pacifc Buffet to take it places if BC Ferries chooses to put it on route 2 and 30. The livery on all three vessels was chosen to represent the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, taking place in Vancouver, and feature different Canadian winter athletes on each vessel. They are design to get platform decks at a future date if they are needed which is unlikely due BC Ferries preferring galley decks due the on time performance for routes.

As some of the largest capacity ships in the fleet, they operate on the three major routes in the network: routes 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay), 2 (Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay), and 30 (Tsawwassen - Duke Point). They also have the ability to operate on route 3 (Horseshoe Bay - Langdale) if necessary.

Coastal Renaissance

Coastal Renaissance
BC Ferries Coastal Renaissance-b.jpg
Built 2007
Home base Departure Bay
Route(s) served 2 (peak)
Relief (off peak)

Coastal Renaissance is the first of three vessels in the Coastal class of ferries.[1]

The vessel departed from the shipyard on October 27, 2007. It arrived in British Columbia on December 13, with a sail past of Victoria and Vancouver Harbour, before arriving at Departure Bay terminal for acceptance by BC Ferries. After crew training and a series of open houses, it made its official maiden voyage on March 8, 2008.[2]

During the peak periods (summer and late December), Coastal Renaissance is based out of Departure Bay, and provides regular service on route 2 (Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay).

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four MaK 8M32C
21,444 hp
23 knots 160 m 10,034 tonnes 370 autos
32 semis
1,604



Coastal Inspiration

Coastal Inspiration
BC Ferries Coastal Inspiration-a.jpg
Built 2008
Home base Duke Point
Route(s) served 30

Coastal Inspiration is the second of three vessels in the Coastal class of ferries.[3]

The vessel departed from the shipyard on February 9, 2008, and arrived in Departure Bay on March 25. Its official maiden voyage was from Duke Point on June 16, 2008.[4]

Coastal Inspiration is based out of Duke Point, and provides regular service on the "Mid-Island Express", route 30 (Tsawwassen - Duke Point). This route has a high amount of truck traffic, and the Coastal class ships can accommodate a larger number of overheight vehicles compared to other vessels in the fleet. In June 2021, she will be switching routes with her sister Coastal Celebration, on Tsawwassen- Swartz to reduce her engine’s hours to prevent an early mid-life refit.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four MaK 8M32C
21,444 hp
23 knots 160 m 10,034 tonnes 370 autos
32 semis
1,604



Coastal Celebration

Coastal Celebration
BC Feries Coastal Celebration-a.jpg
Built 2008
Home base Swartz Bay
Secondary based when needed Tsawwassen
Route(s) served 1

Coastal Celebration is the third of three vessels in the Coastal class of ferries.[5]

The vessel departed from the shipyard on May 3, 2008. It made a promotional stop for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in London, England on May 12, before arriving in Departure Bay on June 17. Its official maiden voyage was from Swartz Bay on November 21, 2008.[6]

Because of its assignment to route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay), Coastal Celebration is equipped with a Pacific Buffet, which replaces the Sitka Coffee Place found on the other Coastal class vessels.

Coastal Celebration is based out of Swartz Bay, and is used on route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay). Through out she is primarily used on supplemental sailings out of Swartz Bay, she provides service on the select days to on route 1, she main replacement for the Spirit of Vancouver Island, she will be main vessel out of Swartz Bay. In June 2021 she will be switching role with her sister, Coastal Inspiration, to Tsawwassen - Duke Point to increase her engine hours before mid-life refit.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four MaK 8M32C
21,444 hp
23 knots 160 m 10,034 tonnes 370 autos
32 semis
1,604



References

  1. Coastal Renaissance, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-07-2017.
  2. M.V. Coastal Renaissance, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-07-2017.
  3. Coastal Inspiration, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-07-2017.
  4. M.V. Coastal Inspiration, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-07-2017.
  5. Coastal Celebration, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-07-2017.
  6. M.V. Coastal Celebration, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-07-2017.