British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.’s newly ordered Salish Class ferry is part of its Clean Futures Plan that aims to replace diesel fuels with cleaner energy options, including liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel will be constructed at the Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland, and be identical to the three Salish Class vessels built there for BC Ferries in 2016. It is scheduled to go into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2022.
At 107-metre (351-foot), the Salish Class vessel will be able to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. It will allow for the retirement of the diesel-fueled Mayne Queen.
The Salish Class features a number of efficiency improvements of benefit to the environment:
The three other Salish Class ferries – the Salish Orca, Salish Raven and Salish Eagle – entered service in 2017.