Damen Shipyards Group has been selected to build four new hybrid electric Island Class vessels for BC Ferries, enhancing capacity and passenger experience. These vessels, adding to BC Ferries’ standardized fleet, will improve flexibility and efficiency across routes. The ships, capable of carrying 47 vehicles and up to 390 passengers and crew, align with BC Ferries’ Clean Futures Plan for environmentally responsible operations. They will operate exclusively on battery-electric power from renewable sources. Damen, which previously built six Island Class ferries for BC Ferries, will construct the new vessels in Romania. The ferries, expected by 2027, will serve routes between Nanaimo Harbour and Gabriola Island, and Campbell River and Quadra Island. BC Ferries is also planning electrical upgrades at the terminals for rapid charging in line with the delivery schedule.