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For Immediate Release
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March 2, 2022

BC Ferries' Salish Heron is on the horizon


VICTORIA – BC Ferries fourth Salish class vessel is expected to arrive in Victoria tomorrow – March 3rd.

Salish Heron, which carries 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers, will operate in the Southern Gulf Islands. The Salish Class vessels operate on liquefied natural gas, a cleaner fuel than diesel. The hull design creates a very small wake and the electric propulsion and structural design ensure a quiet ride. The vessel is identical to the three Salish Class ferries which entered service in 2017 and the standardized operations allows for crew and vessels to be interchangeable among routes.

Following an inspection it will then move to BC Ferries’ Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond for final preparations, including the application of the exterior artwork designed by Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. The Indigenous artwork on each Salish class vessel is an acknowledgement of the Coast Salish sailors as original navigators of these coastal waters.

Salish Heron left Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on December 22 sailing more than 10,400 nautical miles. Its journey took the ship across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific Coast of North America to Victoria’s Ogden Point.

To follow Salish Heron’s journey and track its progress including course, position and speed, visit vesselfinder.com.
 
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Salish Heron conducting sea trials in Gdansk, Poland in November 2021.
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