The following is the text of a news release from BC Ferries:
(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — BC Ferries welcomed its newest vessel, Salish Orca, into service Tuesday with a small public event on board the 6:20 and 8:05 a.m. inaugural sailings on the Comox-Powell River route.
President and CEO Mark Collins cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the first official car on board the new vessel. Salish Orca is the first of three new Salish-class vessels that are dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low sulfur 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 Orca include a cafe gift shop, lounge seating with panoramic views, children’s play area, outdoor seating on an open sundeck, pet area and elevators.