Salish Orca, a new vessel built for BC Ferries, arrives in B.C.

BC Ferries logoSalish Orca, the first of three new Salish Class vessels, arrived in British Columbia on January 11, 2017. Its 50-day journey originated from Gdansk, Poland. Thanks to its use of natural gas, the state-of-the-art vessel promises to have a smaller environmental footprint and reduce operating costs for BC Ferries. Salish Orca will enter service on the Powell River-Comox route starting this spring.

Some facts about Salish Orca:

  • 107 metres long
  • Gross tonnage is 8,728 tonnes
  • Primary fuel source will be natural gas but it can also operate on ultra-low sulphur marine diesel
  • Can carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew

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