The Prince Rupert Port Authority held a vessel blessing celebration for its newest harbour patrol vessel, the AMWAAL. The vessel was blessed by Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell) and Sm’ooygit Niist’ooyx (Hereditary Chief Clarence Nelson) in the Ts’msyen tradition. The name AMWAAL is derived from the Sm’algyax word meaning ‘prosperity’. The vessel features industry-leading equipment including navigation, communications, surveillance, marine fire fighting and high-speed jet-drive maneuverability. The addition of the vessel will provide the PRPA access to outer anchorages and local communities and has a stable platform for environmental monitoring programs and strengthened search and rescue support capability via onboard direction-finding equipment.
Speed: 8 knots