New electric BC Ferries vessels arrive in Victoria
VICTORIA -- Move over, old ferries, and make way for the future.
B.C’s first hybrid-electric ferries arrived in Victoria on Saturday morning ushering in a new era of travel for BC Ferries passengers.
“It’s a really exciting day for us,” said Tessa Humphries, spokesperson for BC Ferries.
It took the ferries 60 days to arrive at the Breakwater District at Ogden Point. They came all the way from Constanta, Romania.
“These are battery-equipped ships that are designed for fully electric operation; they are outfitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until the shore-charging infrastructure and funding is available in British Columbia,” said Humphries.
The two new "Island Class" vessels arrived at about 9 a.m. to a handful of people eagerly wanting to witness history.
Sometime in the next few days, the transport ship that brought the new ferries to B.C. will go out into the harbor and partially submerge to allow them to be offloaded, Humphries said.
The transfer process could happen in four to five days from now. After the final preparations are finished at the Breakwater District, the ships will be re-commissioned in Point Hope Maritime and then BC Ferries will officially take ownership.
“We know a lot of people are interested in this so we will put out advisory once we have more information as to a viewing area to see the whole process,” said Humphries.
Both Island Class ferries can carry 300 passengers and 47 vehicles. They won’t be sailing until later this year, but Humphries tells CTV News they will be named by the end of February.