Salish 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