B.C. signs $200-million deal for four more electric-hybrid ferries | Tech Innovation

Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands has won a contract to build four additional electric-hybrid ferries for B.C. Ferries that will be identical to two vessels that Damen just completed for the ferry corporation.

Project cost for the four latest Island-class vessels is about $200 million, including financing and project-management.

No Canadian shipyards bid on the contract, B.C. Ferries said. However, Point Hope Maritime, on Harbour Road in Victoria, will deliver technical and warranty support under a long-term service contract for all six Island-class ferries once they arrive.

Sea trials have been completed for the first two vessels and B.C. Ferries has accepted provisional delivery, said Capt. Jamie Marshall, B.C. Ferries vice-president of business development and innovation.

Next week, they are expected to be loaded into another vessel for the 40- to 45-day voyage to Canada.

We anticipate getting them in time for Christmas or shortly thereafter, Marshall said.

The first Island-class vessels are scheduled to come into service mid-2020 on the Powell River-Texada Island route and the Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula Island route. A naming ceremony will be held early in 2020.

The other four vessels are to be delivered in 2022. They will serve the Campbell River-Quadra Island route and the Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island route.

For the two latter routes, one older ferry is being replaced by two smaller ones. B.C. Ferries said the result will be more frequent service, more passenger....

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