BC Ferries Century Class

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The Century class contains a single vessel owned and operated by BC Ferries. It was constructed in 1997 by Allied Shipbuilders in North Vancouver, BC.

The Century class program was originally envisioned to have three vessels that could accommodate approximately 100 vehicles. They would operate on short-distance commuter runs (less than 30 minutes) where car passengers would be expected to remain in their vehicles; as such, passenger facilities are limited to small rooms on the sides of the vehicle deck. Budget issues and possibly performance concerns eventually led to only one vessel, Skeena Queen, being constructed.

Skeena Queen

Skeena Queen
BC Ferries Skeena Queen-a.jpg
Built 1997, Vancouver
Home base Fulford Harbour
Route(s) served 4

Skeena Queen is the only vessel in the Century class.[1]

Upon entering service, Skeena Queen was assigned to route 4 (Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour), which has been its primary route ever since. It replaced Bowen Queen and allowed for the retirement of Vesuvius Queen.

Skeena Queen initially had severe reliability issues with its engines - one was replaced in 1999, and all four had to be replaced in 2000. After more engine failures by 2002, the original Mitsubishi S12R engines were replaced by lower-speed S6U engines, which has mostly resolved vibration and reliability issues.[2]

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four Mitsubishi S6U
6,000 hp
17.3 knots 110 m 2,942 tonnes 92 autos 450


References

  1. Skeena Queen, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  2. M.V. Skeena Queen, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-21-2017.