New LNG-powered ferry gets massive decal

The following is the text of a news release from BC Ferries:

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — BC Ferries’ newest vessel, Salish Orca, just finished being wrapped in a massive decal in Poland, featuring the artwork of Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait. Salish Orca will be BC Ferries’ first natural-gas-powered ferry.

Depicted with optimistic color and energy, Gait's pod of orcas appears as a family moving through the water.

“Besides the incredible artistic imagery that the wrap provides, it also has valuable maintenance properties by protecting the coating on the vessel,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ vice president of engineering. “This has been aptly demonstrated by the decals on the Coastal-class vessels.”

The decal was produced by Ampco Grafix of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Ampco is an award-winning large format graphics printer.

Salish Orca will depart Poland this fall under its own power. The vessel will sail by the Canary Islands, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast of North America. Salish Orca is expected to arrive in British Columbia by the end of the year.

Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the decal being applied.

By Professional Mariner Staff