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HaiSea Marine celebrates the official naming of its green fleet

March 9, 2023

All five tugboats, including the world’s first fully electric tugboat, were named by the Haisla, Gitxaala, and Gitga’at Nations at the Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey and carry a connection to the cultures and regions of British Columbia’s North Coast.

HaiSea Marine is majority owned by Haisla Nation in partnership with Seaspan ULC, a Green Marine participant.  Once delivered, the world’s first fully electric harbour tugboat and dual fuel (LNG and Diesel) escort tugs will provide ship-assist and escort towing services to LNG carriers calling at LNG Canada’s new export facility in Kitimat.

Here are the names of the tugs with their meaning:

Haisla Nation:

  • HaiSea Wee’git (Raven): Among the traditional peoples of the Canadian west coast, Wee’git was a character of wide repute who was well known for getting things done and bringing light into the world.
  • HaiSea Wamis: The first settler of Kitamaat who sought sanctuary.
  • HaiSea Brave: Brave is the name of all the sports teams in Haisla territory.

Gitxaala Nation:

  • HaiSea Warrior: Basketball on the west coast is big, and Gitxaala’s basketball team, the (Kitkatla Warriors) is a point of pride and allows Gitxaala to keep a strong connection with their waring past. This name serves to represent every Gitxaala member.

Gitga’at Nation:

  • HaiSea Kermode: The spirit bear is a traditional representation of the region and territory.