Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries is spending nearly C$60 million (US$44.1 million) to repair, service and modernise 17 vessels in the coming months.
Canadian yards including Esquimalt Drydock, Esquimalt Graving Dock and Point Hope Shipyard have been contracted to complete upgrades to the fleet. Other shipyards selected to perform the work include Vancouver Drydock, Allied Shipbuilders and BC Ferries’ own Fleet Maintenance Unit. “We are serious about driving the BC marine economy, and the investment we make in the province for marine services, repair and maintenance is quite substantial,” BC Ferries President and chief executive officer Mr Mark Collins said in a statement. The company operates 36 vessels in total, which means nearly half will require maintenance between now and spring 2019.