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BC Ferries’ Salish Orca, the first of three new Salish Class vessels, is on its way. The vessel departed Gdansk, Poland today for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia.

Depending on the weather, the Transatlantic voyage will take approximately 45 to 55 days. The journey will make stops for refuelling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama, after transiting the Panama Canal and sailing up the west coast of North America to British Columbia.

For those who want to join the voyage “virtually”, head to Vessel Finder to track the ship’s progress including course, position and speed.

Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first natural gas-powered vessel, is scheduled to arrive in B.C. in January for crew training.

After public open houses in Powell River and Comox, the ship is scheduled to start service on that route in the spring of 2017.BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Orca upon final inspection

BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Orca upon final inspection once the vessel arrives in B.C.

Some of BC Ferries’ crew members are on various legs of the voyage for training and familiarization.