BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ships are expected to arrive in Victoria tomorrow. The vessels departed Constanta, Romania on November 20 on a semi-submersible transport vessel, the MV Sun Rise owned and operated by Pan Ocean. 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 customer service. Following final inspection at Point Hope Maritime, the ships will be christened before BC Ferries moves on to crew training, ship familiarization and dock fits. These ships will service the Powell River – Texada Island and Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula routes by mid-2020.