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. The vessels replacing larger minor vessels in fleet will allow two boat service on certain routes such as 19, 23, while the other routes these vessels will be servicing while be seeing an increase in vehicles and passengers capacity. 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 Active
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 entered service on April 2, 2022 on route 18 as a refit replacement; its permanent assignment is expected to be on route 23, replacing 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 Active
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 entered service on November 4, 2021 on route 18, as a refit replacement; its permanent assignment is expected to be on route 23, replacing Powell River Queen.

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


Island Kwigwis

Island Kwigwis
BC Ferries Island Kwigwis-a.jpg
Built 2021, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900590
Status Active
Home base Descanso Bay (Gabriola Island) or Nanaimo Harbour
Route(s) served 19

Island Kwigwis is the fifth of the Island-class vessels.

Island Kwigwis departed from the shipyard on July 30, 2021 under its own power (with the interim name of Island 5), arriving in Victoria, BC on September 27, 2021. It entered service on April 12, 2022 on route 19 alongside Island Gwawis, shifting Quinsam to route 6.

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


Island Gwawis

Island Gwawis
BC Ferries Island Gwawis-a.jpg
Built 2021, Galati, Romania
IMO number 9900605
Status Active
Home base Descanso Bay (Gabriola Island) or Nanaimo Harbour
Route(s) served 19

Island Gwawis is the sixth of the Island-class vessels.

Island Gwawis departed from the shipyard on October 11, 2021 under its own power (with the interim name of Island 6), arriving in Victoria, BC on December 21, 2021. It entered service on April 12, 2022 on route 19 alongside Island Kwigwis, shifting Quinsam to route 6.

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.