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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.

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Island Discovery

Island Discovery
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 (Powell River - Texada Island) on June 10, 2020, replacing North Island Princess.[3]

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


Island Aurora

Island Aurora
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 (Port McNeill - Alert Bay - Sointula), 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 47 autos 300


Future vessels

Four additional vessels have been ordered by BC Ferries, with delivery expected in Winter 2021/2022. These vessels will be used to replace Powell River Queen and Bowen Queen, enabling two-vessel service on routes 19 (Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island) and 23 (Campbell River - Quadra Island). One of vessels from route 19 (Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island) will perform relief duty’s for her sister.

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.