BC Ferries has taken delivery of its newest vessel, the double-ended ferry "Island Sky"(appr. 3,500 gt).
The vessel will join the BC Ferries fleet on the northern Sunshine Coast route in the new year following the completion of crew training and route trials.
In 2006, BC Ferries signed a $45.5 million contract with Vancouver Shipyards to build the new intermediate size ferry, which was constructed in North Vancouver.
Once in service, the 100-metre "Island Sky" will offer travellers a variety of onboard amenities, including a lounge and snack bar, as well as state-of-the-art fire-fighting, safety and lifesaving systems. The ship will carry appr. 600 passengers and up to 125 vehicles. It will travel at a service speed of 14.5 knots.
The "Island Sky" is the latest new vessel to join the BC Ferries fleet as part of the company’s extensive fleet revitalization plan.