Island 3 BC Ferries

A new hybrid vessel will be joining BC Ferries’ fleet soon, and you can welcome the new ship tomorrow morning at its expected arrival at Ogden Point.

The temporarily-named “Island 3” joins other battery-equipped ships that are expected to operate fully on electric power once proper shore charging is built.

Constructed in Romania, it departed the European country on May 19 and is due to arrive on July 22nd.

It will sail around southern Vancouver Island and into Victoria’s Upper Harbour, visible from a number of downtown locations including Dallas Road, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Songhees Walkway, Wharf Street, and the Johnson Street Bridge.

A specific arrival time has not been provided, but reports that its current speed will see it to Point Hope Maritime by 5 p.m. in the afternoon.

Following final inspections, BC Ferries will take ownership of the vessel. It will later be renamed and entered into service on the Campbell River – Quadra Island Route in 2022, along with another ship which just finished transiting the Panama Canal, also en route from Romania.

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