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BC Ferries’ second hybrid-electric ship, Island Aurora, now in service

BC Ferries has a new ship in its fleet.

Island Aurora started service at 9:35am this morning, on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula (Vancouver IslandCormorant Island-Malcolm Island) route. 

This follows last week’s start of service for Island Discovery on the Texada Island – Powell River run. 

Island Aurora is the second of a series of hybrid-electric ships designed for future full electric operation. 

They’re fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding become available. 

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BC Ferries says these ships are helping the company transition to a lower carbon future. 

Onboard the Island Class, passenger lounges and washrooms are situated on the main deck. 

Lounge areas include a variety of seating and charging stations. 

Partial funding for these two vessels was provided by the federal government through the Provincial – Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. 

Island Aurora will replace the 51-year old Quadra Queen II, which will become a relief vessel in the BC Ferries’ fleet. 

BC Ferries originally planned to host a public open house to showcase Island Aurora, but due to the pandemic, it created a short video with messages from community representatives, so you can take a virtual tour of the ship instead.

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