General News · 13th November 2016
BC Ferries' Newest Class of Vessels
An information session is being held on Cortes Island to raise awareness of a new class of ferries to be built to serve the Northern Gulf Islands as follows:
Thursday November 17, 2016
Construction will start in 2017 for the first of up to seven total that are to be built over the next 10 years to replace current vessels that are nearing the end of their service lives.
Early concept ideas include:
- a double-ended hull with a single vehicle deck
- a capacity of approximately 44 standard vehicles and 150-300 people
- a passenger lounge accessible from the vehicle deck, with a mix of tables,
comfortable seats, study carrels and charging outlets
- a covered pet area for walk-on passengers with pets
- an overhead sun deck with seating and a wind break
BC Ferries wants to hear the opinion of customers regarding amenities and
features that you may like to see incorporated as part of the design process of
Come share your thoughts at this introductory session or email:
can't make the meeting?
Comment by Max Thaysen on 27th October 2016
I noticed some folks putting suggestions in this comment zone -- in addition, one could send them here:
"If you cannot attend the meeting, please send your feedback to
I want to lay down no armrests please
Comment by Mike malek on 25th October 2016
Could we have free wifi like the big boats do?
I beg to differ
Comment by Paul Ryan on 25th October 2016
My experience with BCF is that when they ask for input, they listen. You probably won't get everything you ask for, but you will get some! It's when they DON'T ask, that I have a problem with. I'll give you an example; When they were in the process of renovating the upstairs area of the Powell River Queen, they asked for our input. Without exception they followed every one of our suggestions!
They want our input ?
Comment by Walker Evans on 25th October 2016
I smell PR. Firstly I think we should name it Boaty McBoatface. Secondly it should be solar powered with a living green roof. It would help if there was a grassy area for cow and goat grazing and perhaps a casino level where one might be able to win back one's fare. Trying not to be cynical (yeah right) but when has BCF ever listened to what the public thinks even with the hard working Ferry Advisory Committee ? They will take your suggestions and then do what they like.
Comment by Mary Clare Preston on 24th October 2016
How about a play area for toddlers, and a space to do yoga/tai chi etc? Also, how about some seating that doesn't have arm rests so a person could get comfortable. I won't be able to be there - but may be someone else also thinks these ideas are worth bringing forward?