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Latest revision as of 04:39, 16 August 2019

The Spirit class is a pair of vessels owned and operated by BC Ferries. They were built in 1993 and 1994 by Integrated Ferry Constructors Inc., with various stages of construction taking place in both Vancouver and Victoria, BC.

They are the largest vessels in the BC Ferries fleet, and at the time of construction were the largest vessels built in British Columbia. The Spirit class has been the flagship vessels of the fleet since their introduction. They were ordered to increase capacity on route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay), the busiest route in the system.

All vessels contain two vehicle decks: the lower deck can accommodate overheight vehicles. The upper vehicle deck is for underheight vehicles (cars) only. There are 3 passenger decks, with amenities including the Pacific Buffet, Coastal Café full cafeteria, Arbutus Coffee Shop, Seawest Lounge, Passages gift shop, Kids Zone, and three passenger elevators.

Spirit of British Columbia

Spirit of British Columbia
BC Ferries Spirit of British Columbia-d.jpg
Built 1993, Victoria
Home base Tsawwassen
Route(s) served 1

Spirit of British Columbia is the first of two Spirit class vessels.[1]

Spirit of British Columbia is based out of Tsawwassen, and is used on route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay). Through the year shs is one of the two primary vessels, providing 4 round trips per day.

Spirit of British Columbia was the first Spirit Class vessel sent to Poland to undergo major convention to marine diesel and liquefied Natural Gas and mid-life refit and re-enter service on route 1 on June 6, 2018; this lead to her being used year around on route 1 (Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay) after the past 7 years of being layup during the winter season.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four Wartsila 8L34DF
21,394 hp
23.5 knots 167 m 11,642 tonnes 410 autos 2,100


Spirit of Vancouver Island

Spirit of Vancouver Island
BC Ferries Spirit of Vancouver Island-a.jpg
Built 1994, Victoria
Home base Swartz Bay
Route(s) served 1

Spirit of Vancouver Island is the second of two Spirit class vessels.[2]

Spirit of Vancouver Island is based out of Swartz Bay, and is used on route 1 (Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen). During the peak season and spring shoulder season, it is one of the two primary vessels, providing 4 round trips per day. During the off-peak season, it may only be used on supplemental sailings, or on busy days such as weekends.

Spirit of Vancouver Island is the second Spirit Class vessel sent to Poland to undergo major convention to marine diesel and liquefied Natural Gas and mid-life refit expected to be leave BC on September 14, 2018 and expect re-entered service on April 18, 2019; this may refit may lead to her being used year around on route 1 (Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen).


Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
Four Wartsila 8L34DF
21,394 hp
19.5 knots 167 m 11,681 tonnes 410 autos 2,100


References

  1. Spirit of British Columbia, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.
  2. Spirit of Vancouver Island, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-21-2017.