Canadian ferry owner and operator BC Ferries informed that Salish Raven, the newest of three LNG-powered Salish Class vessels, arrived in British Columbia on June 7.
The newbuilding took 41 days to travel 10,440 nautical miles from Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland.
“We are proud to welcome Salish Raven, our third natural gas-fuelled ship, home to B.C. and into our fleet,” Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO, said.
Once Salish Raven clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, the vessel will be officially handed over to BC Ferries, as explained by the company. The ship will proceed to BC Ferries’ refit facility in Richmond on June 8 to prepare for operational service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.
Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first dual-fuel vessel, was introduced into service on the Powell River – Comox route in May, while Salish Eagle, the second Salish Class ship, is scheduled to start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.
The 107-meter-long Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. With a gross tonnage of 8,728 tons, the vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots.