BC Ferries’ Salish Raven, the third and final Salish Class vessel, is on its way to British Columbia. The vessel departed Gdansk, Poland on April 28th, 2017 for a 10,440-nautical mile journey. The Salish Class vessels are BC Ferries’ first natural gas-fueled vessels. The vessels are dual-fuel, so they can operate on natural gas or ultra-low sulphur marine diesel.
The Transatlantic voyage will take approximately 45 to 55 days, depending on weather. The journey will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama. The vessel will also transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to British Columbia.
Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first dual-fuel vessel, will be introduced into service next month on the Powell River – Comox route. Salish Eagle, the second Salish Class vessel, will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June. Salish Raven will be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.
“This is a major milestone in our newbuild program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “With these new vessels, we continue to move towards standardization of our fleet, which offers interoperability and lower crew training and maintenance costs, and also enhances safety.”