BC Ferries Island Class

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The Island class is a series of vessels that are owned and operated by BC Ferries.

All vessels are powered using a hybrid diesel-electric system, with batteries capable of storing up to 800 kWh, and are designed to allow for a conversion to full electric power in the future.[1] Vessels are equipped with one main car deck and a side gallery deck enabling parking for up to 47 automobiles. Two lounges on the car deck provide indoor seating areas and accessible washrooms, with a solarium and outdoor seating on the upper levels.

The Island class was born out of a desire to replace the aging minor-class vessel fleet with one standard design that would be interchangeable between multiple routes. Prior to the Island class, most of the minor vessels were of a unique design, either designed and built specifically for its initial route, or was purchased second-hand. BC Ferries expects to consolidate five classes containing 7 vessels into one class upon completion of its minor-class replacement project. The first six vessels were built by Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania, with the vessel's design blueprints owned by BC Ferries.

Island Discovery

Island Discovery
BC Ferries Island Dsicovery-a.jpg
Built 2019, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9831751
Status Active
Home base Blubber Bay
Route(s) served 18

Island Discovery is one of the first two Island-class vessels.[2]

The vessel departed from the shipyard on carrier vessel Sun Rise alongside its twin vessel on November 20, 2019, with both arriving in Victoria on January 18, 2020. The official name was revealed with a naming and christening ceremony on February 19, 2020, and acceptance testing and crew training began shortly afterwards. She entered service on route 18 on June 10, 2020, replacing North Island Princess.[3]

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300


Island Aurora

Island Aurora
BC FerriesI Island Aurora-a.jpg
Built 2019, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9831763
Status Active
Home base Alert Bay
Route(s) served 25

Island Aurora is one of the first two Island-class vessels.[4]

The vessel departed from the shipyard on carrier vessel Sun Rise alongside its twin vessel on November 20, 2019, with both arriving in Victoria on January 18, 2020. The official name was revealed with a naming and christening ceremony on February 19, 2020, and acceptance testing and crew training began shortly afterwards. She entered service on June 18, 2020 on route 25, shifting Quadra Queen II to become a full-time relief vessel.[5]

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300


Island Nagalis

Island Nagalis
Built 2020, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900576
Status Delivered
Home base Quathiaski Cove
Route(s) served 23

Island Nagalis is the third of the Island-class vessels.

Island Nagalis departed from the shipyard on May 19, 2021 under its own power (with the interim name of Island 3), arriving in Victoria, BC on July 22, 2021. It is expected to enter service on route 23, where along with Island K’ulut’a it will replace Powell River Queen.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300


Island K’ulut’a

Island K’ulut’a
Built 2020, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900588
Status Delivered
Home base Quathiaski Cove
Route(s) served 23

Island K’ulut’a is the fourth of the Island-class vessels.

Island K’ulut’a departed from the shipyard on June 8, 2021 under its own power (with the interim name of Island 4), arriving in Victoria, BC on August 13, 2021. It is expected to enter service on route 23, where along with Island Nagalis it will replace Powell River Queen.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300


Island 5

Island 5
Built 2021, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900590
Status On delivery
Home base Descanso Bay (Gabriola Island) or Nanaimo Harbour
Route(s) served 19
18, 23, 25 (refit/relief)

Island 5 is the fifth of the Island-class vessels. Island 5 is a temporary placeholder name during shipping, with the final name to be assigned before entering service.

Island 5 departed from the shipyard on July 30, 2021 under its own power, and is expected to arrive in Victoria, BC in early October 2021. It is expected to enter service on route 19 alongside Island 6, which will displace Quinsam to route 6, allowing for the retirement of Bowen Queen.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300


Island 6

Island 6
Built 2021, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900605
Status Under construction
Home base Descanso Bay (Gabriola Island) or Nanaimo Harbour
Route(s) served 19
18, 23, 25 (refit/relief)

Island 6 is the sixth of the Island-class vessels. Island 6 is a temporary placeholder name during shipping, with the final name to be assigned before entering service.

It is expected to enter service on route 19 alongside Island 5, which will displace Quinsam to route 6, allowing for the retirement of Bowen Queen.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
14 knots 81 metres 1778.0 tones 47 autos 300

References

  1. Island Class Key Features, BC Ferries, retrieved April 12, 2020.
  2. Island Discovery, BC Ferries, retrieved June 10, 2020.
  3. BC FERRIES’ ISLAND DISCOVERY OFFICIALLY BEGINS SERVICE ON JUNE 10, BC Ferries, published June 9, 2020.
  4. Island Aurora, BC Ferries, retrieved June 10, 2020.
  5. BC FERRIES’ ISLAND AURORA OFFICIALLY JOINS THE FLEET TODAY, BC Ferries, published June 18, 2020.