The brand new ISLAND 4 arrived in Victoria today. BC Ferries will be introducing four new battery hybrid-electric Island Class ferries to its fleet in 2022. Two of the ferries will operate on the Campbell River – Quadra Island route and two will operate on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route. Last year, the first two Island Class ferries, the Island Aurora and Island Discovery, entered service on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route and the Texada Island – Powell River route. The Island Class ferries carry 47 vehicles and are double-ended for easy loading and unloading. The ferries also feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths, and bicycle parking spaces.
Passenger lounges and washrooms are situated on the main deck for easy access. Lounge areas have been built with your comfort in mind, with a variety of seating choices and charging stations. A sundeck with seating, windbreaks, and an accessible washroom will provide a comfortable space to sit outdoors.
The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions and improves the customer experience on board.