The keel was laid for BC Ferries’ new cable ferry at a ceremony held on Friday, November 28th at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver.
According to Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering, the cable ferry is the first ship in this next phase of the company’s vessel replacement program.
Once complete, the cable ferry will measure 78.5 metres in length and will accommodate 50 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew.
“We are proud to partner with BC Ferries to build its first-ever cable ferry, and today’s keel-laying ceremony is an exciting and important step in the vessel’s construction at Seaspan’s new state-of-the-art shipyard in North Vancouver,” said Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards.
After undergoing extensive crew training and familiarization, the cable ferry system is expected to be in operation on the Buckley Bay – Denman Island route in the summer of 2015.