Salish Eagle, BC Ferries’ second LNG-fueled vessel arrived in British Columbia on Monday, March 20, following a 38-day journey from Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland.
According to the company’s statement, the vessel will make its way to Ogden Point in Victoria, and once it clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, the vessel will be officially handed over to BC Ferries.
On Tuesday, the LNG-fueled ferry will proceed to BC Ferries’ refit facility in Richmond to prepare for operational service. The vessel will move to Tsawwassen terminal in mid-April for crew training and familiarization, and to continue to ready the ship for regular operation.
Salish Eagle will enter service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route at the end of June. The sister ship, Salish Orca will start service on the Comox – Powell River route late next month.
Salish Raven, the third Salish Class vessel, will depart Poland for B.C. in April.
The 107-metre Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. The vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots. Each ship is powered by three Wartsila 8L20DF engines.