TIN news: BC Ferries announced that its Salish Raven, the third and final Salish Class vessel departed Gdansk, Poland on April 28th, for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia. The Transatlantic voyage is expected to last 45 to 55 days, depending on weather.
The vessel will also transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to British Columbia. The journey will include stops for refuelling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama.
When the vessel arrives to B.C., it will have an artwork applied, designed by Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell. The design was revealed on February 9, 2017. BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Raven upon final inspection once the vessel arrives in B.C.
Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. is responsible to deliver the ship to B.C. Some of BC Ferries’ crew members are on various legs of the voyage for training and familiarization.
According to the company, the Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first dual-fuel vessel, will be introduced into service next month on the Powell River – Comox route. Salish Eagle, the second Salish Class vessel, will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June. Salish Raven will be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.