BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service today with a small public event on board the 9:10 and 10:50 a.m. inaugural sailings from Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and we were there to capture photos and videos to share with our Salt Spring community.
President & CEO Mark Collins cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the first official car on board the new vessel. Salish Eagle is the second of three new Salish Class vessels that are dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low sulphur marine diesel. BC Ferries’ use of natural gas for these vessels will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, the same as taking approximately 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually.
Passenger amenities on board Salish Eagle include: a Coastal Café; Passages Gift Shop;
comfortable lounge seating with panoramic views; children’s play area; spacious outdoor seating on
an open sundeck; pet area and elevators.
This is a beautiful new ship in every way. Views from the upper deck, restaurant amenities, the play area, outdoor seating and view stations at the best parts of ship for travel through the Gulf Islands to Salt Spring. This will be a wonderful new addition to our community for locals and visitors.
Stz'uminus First Nation's artist John Marston designed the artwork which adorns the ship and he travelled the ship today with BC Ferries President & CEO Mark Collins meeting local media in appreciation of his work on the first sailing. On a beautiful sunny day which is also summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day.
Watch live video of the inaugural run into Long Harbour:
Here's a video tour of the ship and interview with the captain describing some of the new features of the vessel:
Check out the panorama of the view from the bridge:
Here are photos from our tour of the ship with Mark Collins, President & CEO of BC Ferries: