The latest vessel in BC Ferries’ fleet is entering the second half of its journey to a berth in Canada after it transited the Panama canal this weekend.
Island 4, as the ship is temporarily named, is a hybrid electric ferry that was constructed in the Damen Shipyard Galati in Romania.
It departed the shipyard in June, and is expected to arrive in B.C. by mid-August.
The newest vessel joins a group of similar battery-equipped ships which are intended to operate fully on electrical power, once shore power technology is in place. Until then, they will be able to utilize hybrid power for their journeys.
Island 4 will be renamed later this year along with Island 3. These two ships will then enter service in 2022 on the Campbell River – Quadra Island route.
The tracking website vesselfinder.com last showed Island 4’s position on Monday as 8.44515 N / 79.45424 W.