BC Ferries is preparing to welcome Salish Eagle, the second of its three new Salish Class vessels, in early April.
The dual-fuel ferry departed Remontowa’s shipyard in Gdansk, Poland on 11 February and began her 10,440 nautical mile journey to her new home in British Columbia, Canada. The voyage will take 45-55 days and the vessel will stop for refuelling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama.
“We are looking forward to introducing all three new Salish Class vessels into service this year, which will serve British Columbians for decades to come.” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ president and CEO. “We plan to operate these ships on natural gas, which will improve our environmental footprint and reduce our operating costs.”
When Salish Eagle arrives in British Columbia, engineers will apply her hull artwork – designed by Stz'uminus First Nation’s John Marston – and she will undergo final inspections. Meanwhile, crew will undergo training before she starts service in the Southern Gulf Islands this summer.