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Message from the Editor There’s a lot going on in the tugboat industry. BC Ferries will soon be introducing the new Island Class Vessels. Two of the ferries will be hitting the waters in 2020 while the remaining four are expected to join them in 2021. According to Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ vice-president of strategy and community engagement, they will be the largest number of vessels in the BC Ferries’ fleet over the next 10 to 15 years. Another large vessel is the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, which received a refit, including work on the propulsion system and replacement of the bow thruster system, among others. As a vital part of Canada’s icebreaking fleet, the refit is necessary for its continued success. I hope you enjoy this issue of B.C. Tugboat. Please feel free to email me at cindy@delcommunications.com if you have any story ideas, comments or questions. Ü

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Tug designs from Canada to the world By Robert G. Allan, P. Eng.,FRINA, FSNAME, Robert Allan Ltd. executive chairman ne hundred years ago, my grandfather, Robert Allan, emigrated to Canada with his wife, Caroline, and toddler son, Robert F. Allan. He was a universityeducated naval architect – a rarity in the day – with the added qualification of having served his drawing office apprenticeship at the Clydeside Fairfield's shipyard. He came to Wallace Shipyards in North Vancouver to design the Princess Louise, the first CP coastal steamship built in Canada. Going solo as a consultant in 1930, he endured several lean years. However, commissions gradually

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Only a few tug designs were created throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. The late 1950s, however, marked the beginning of a transformation in the B.C. towing industry, with a shipbuilding subsidy providing incentive to replace aging wooden fleets with new steel tonnage. By this time R.F. (Bob) Allan was leading the business. The Lorne Yorke (1959) was billed as "the first modern twin-screw tug in B.C." The Ocean Master (1961) was built in Holland for Great West Towing and Salvage. New tug and barge developments


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In the 1970s, although numerous coastal tugs were designed, business focus shifted north, with many shallow-draft vessels built for the Mackenzie River and ice-class vessels for the Beaufort Sea.

The early 1980s were dominated by the design of Ikaluk and Miscaroo, built to support Beaufort Sea oil exploration. The early 1980s were dominated by the design of Ikaluk and Miscaroo, built to support Beaufort Sea oil exploration. These were the highest ice-class OSVs in the world at the time. Those heady days of 1981 to 1982 were followed by the doldrums of the balance of that decade. Notable bright spots, however, were the first Z-drive tugs for Cates, which in turn generated overseas interest. The era of the Z-drive tug in North America developed in earnest in the 1990s (having begun 20 years earlier in Europe). A successful 50-tonne BP ASD tug design led to good

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Today, 40 to 50 of our tugs are built annually in Turkey.

connections with major European operators, in turn leading to several highly innovative tug designs for the emerging tanker escort market. The business for new tugs was on a tear, and Robert Allan Ltd. was well-placed to serve this burgeoning market. In 1995, a connection to shipyards and tug operators in Turkey initiated a period of significant growth. Sanmar Shipyards has, to date, built more than 170 tugs to our designs, while, in the process, establishing themselves as probably the premiere tug-building shipyard in the world. Today, 40 to 50 of our tugs are built annually in Turkey.

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The development of ever-larger container ships, major LNG terminals, expanding bulk carrier ports and the rapid evolution of tanker escort technology throughout the past two decades has demanded new specialized, high-performance tugboats. More than 900 tugs have been built to our designs worldwide since 2000. The total number delivered surpassed 1,000 in late 2017 and at the end of 2018 stood at 1,175. The 1,000th tug honour went to the Dux, the first of three ultrahigh performance dual fuel escort tugs built for Østensjø Rederi of Norway. Dux and her sisters were the first dual-fuel escort tugs in the world. Another example of the international network we enjoy today is the recent arrival in B.C. of the RAstar 3200 Class escort tugs, SST Grizzly and SST Orca.

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A mid-life upgrade, not a mid-life crisis By Cindy Chan he Spirit of Vancouver Island will go on – and in more ways than one. The titular vessel is one of two Spirit classes in BC Ferries’ fleet, the other being the Spirit of British Columbia. The Spirit of Vancouver Island is currently undergoing its mid-life upgrade on the ship. Last year, the Spirit of British Columbia had its mid-life upgrade, according to Mark Wilson, vice-president of strategy and community engagement for BC Ferries. The Spirit of Vancouver Island set sail for Remontowa Ship Repair

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Yard S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on Sept. 14, 2018 for the upgrade. Improvements will include conversion of the propulsion plant to run on dual fuel (natural gas and marine diesel oil); new engines and a liquefied natural gas fuel system; upgrades to more efficient air-conditioning equipment; upgrades to the passenger area with new carpeting and an additional washroom; upgrades to the passenger elevators including renewal of mechanical and electrical drive components; expansion of the gift shop and addition of the new Arbutus Coffee Bar; renewal of propulsion

equipment components including rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, propellers and gearboxes; and new machinery control system, navigation system, internal communication system and safety and evacuation systems. Wilson says one of the most significant upgrades was the switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for two reasons – it’s more environmentally friendly and it is more cost-effective in the long run. “Although LNG is still a fossil fuel, it is a much more environmentally


friendly fuel than the ultra lowgrade sulphur marine diesel we burn throughout the rest of the fleet,” Wilson explains. “Overall, in the company, fuel is a considerable portion of our operating budget. We spend well over $100 million a year in fuelling the fleet. This conversion to LNG has significant operational savings of $5 to $10 million a year.” The mid-life upgrade program is part of BC Ferries’ asset management program. BC Ferries typically keeps their ships for 40 to 45 years. Around each ship’s 20-year mark, they undergo an upgrade, which includes updating and renewing passenger amenities, as well as the propulsion, HVAC and airconditioning systems.

“After 20 years, you need a major overhaul or modernization,” Wilson says. BC Ferries’ slow season is in the winter, so that’s when many of the upgrades occur. About 120 days has been set aside to work on the Spirit of Vancouver Island. “This upgrade ensures the vessels get have another 20 to 25 years of useful life remaining to serve the community reliably and safely, with a focus on the environment,” Wilson says. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will return to British Columbia in the spring of 2019 and be ready for summer service. For more information, visit bcferries.com. Ü Spirit of Vancouver Island lowering (flooding) dry dock or getting ready to move from dry dock.

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Silver Explorer sets sail By Cindy Chan t may be called the Silver Explorer but this Arctic vessel is gold medal-worthy. The Silver Explorer is a high-end luxury cruise vessel, offering trips around the Arctic and Antarctic. According to Paul Hebson, vice-president and general manager of Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock, the Silver Explorer was built so that it could easily and efficiently travel through the ice without suffering any damage. Seaspan, working with a variety other partners, carried out a number of enhancements to this unique vessel in the fall of 2018. “The structure is stronger than a conventional ship,” Hebson says, adding that one of the major components of the project was the installation of a stabilizer - or duck tail - on the stern of the ship. “The steel structure we pre-manufactured was 35 tons; it is a large structure situated at the back end of the ship. It’s filled with air, increasing the buoyancy and stability of the ship, making the voyage more comfortable for passengers.” In addition to the ducktail the project also included tank top repairs and changes to some of the tanks functionality, propeller repair and polishing, blast and painting work of the underwater hull. Work on the vessel was completed on Oct. 11, 2018. It was done on time and on budget. Built for Silversea Expeditions, the ship itself has a guest capacity of 144 and a crew capacity of 118. According to silversea.com, the “strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register

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ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease.” The Silver Explorer has many accommodations, such as the Owner’s Suite, Grand Suite, Silver Suite, Medallion Suite, Veranda Suite, Vista Suite, View Suite, Explorer Suite and Adventurer Suite. All suites include butler service, a refrigerator and bar, a bathrobe, pillows, bath amenities, an alarm clock, personalized stationery, an umbrella, a directdial telephone, outlets, complementary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen television set. Guests on board are also able to eat at two of the ship’s eateries called The Grill, which features an outdoor bar, and The Restaurant, which offers ocean views. The Silver Explorer’s decks also offer many amenities for guests to enjoy. Deck 3 has a reception desk, medical centre, mud room and expedition office. Deck 4 offers a beauty salon, launderette, fitness centre and The Restaurant. Deck 5 features the bridge, a boutique, a cruise consultant, a connoisseur’s corner and panorama lounge. Deck 6 has Tor’s Observation Library, Zagara Beauty Spa, The Grill, an explorer lounge and whirlpools. Deck 7 is the viewing deck. For more information, visit silversea.com. Ü

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New ships on the block By Cindy Chan he Island Class vessels will be joining BC Ferries’ fleet very soon. The newest class of ferry is slated to consist of six vessels in total over the next two years. By 2020, two Island Class ferries will service the Powell River – Texada route and the Port McNeill – Alert Bay route. By 2021, four Island Class ferries are expected to service Campbell River – Quadra Island (two ferries) and Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island (two ferries). Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ vice-president of strategy and community engagement, explains that two of the ferries are currently under construction. “Four or five years ago, we had 17 classes of vessels that generated significant reliability costing and operational challenges,” he says. “Under the class strategy, we’re trying to get down to five classes of vessels to gain efficiencies on several levels.” “We are excited the vessels will arrive here in British Columbia for final acceptance in fall of this year. We will go through a series of final acceptance work at Point Hope Shipyard in Victoria, B.C., operational training and final handover after that,” Wilson continues. The key features of the Island Class ferries include a hybrid diesel-electric battery power generation and propulsion system; flexibility for full electric operation in the future; low energy consumption; hull, thrusters and propellers designed for minimal underwater radiated noise (URN); low noise, low vibration and minimal wake wash; fully contained wastewater system; mechanical and electrical systems designed for efficient performance and ease of maintenance; maneuverability and comfortable travel in coastal waters at all times of the year; 14 knots of service speed for efficient travel and resiliency of service; and a minimum of 40 years of service life.

“They will be the largest number of vessels in BC Ferries’ fleet over the next 10 to 15 years. We’re predicting we’ll need 10 to 12 of those, because they are really important in connecting to coastal islands in Vancouver Island,” Wilson says. Wilson adds the Island Class vessel is one of the most progressive and modern ferries because it is a hybrid electric ferry with a focus on reducing its environmental footprint and emissions of underwater radiated noise. In fact, BC Ferries has plans to eventually have many all-electric ferries in its fleet. However, the company faces some challenges in regards to that goal, which are “the remoteness of the activities up and down coastal British Columbia and the energy density of current battery technology,” according to Wilson. “Some of these routes are longer than other ferry systems in urban areas – around 45 minutes to an hour, and that requires significant battery storage energy,” Wilson says. The Island Class vessels are modern, double-ender ferries, meaning they are multi-directional and they don’t need to turn around when leaving the dock. “The ferries have the latest bridge and navigation equipment, the latest propulsion equipment in terms of electric batteries and thrusters and the latest lifesaving and fire protection equipment. The design of the vessel has a very efficient hull profile,” Wilson says. The Island Class ferries will be able to carry 47 vehicles and up to 450 passengers and crew members. The ships will also feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths and bicycle parking spaces. For more information, visit bcferries.com. Ü

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Training a new generation of mariners North Island College Marine Training instructor passes on his passion for working on the water IC marine training instructor Clive Quigley fell in love with working on the water as a young boy growing up in Alert Bay. “There was a man who’d bring his boat to deliver wood from his sawmill,” Quigley says. “I’d help him unload his lumber and he’d let me steer the boat. Just doing that job made me feel 10 feet tall.” Quigley started his career as a deckhand on the ferry between Port McNeill and Sointula and then transferred to the Powell River – Comox route, working in various positions from deckhand to chief

officer. It was at BC Ferries he got his first taste of teaching. “I got into instructing pretty quickly and really enjoyed it,” Quigley says. “I started with first aid and developed from there. So when I retired, I thought, ‘let’s see if NIC could use my skills’ – and they could. I’m busier now than I thought I would ever be.” Quigley is one of three marine training instructors at North Island College, which offers a range of marine training courses, from basic first aid to operator competency certificates for commercial and fishing vessels. Teaching the safety courses has also been a

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CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier receives a refit ne of the largest vessels in the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Fleet, the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a key strategic asset due to its ability to perform a variety of different mission types. According to Paul Hebson, vicepresident and general manager of Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock, the vessel is tasked with undertaking scientific research, search and rescue and fisheries enforcement, as well as other missions as needed. Seaspan is currently in the process of carrying out a routine refit of the vessel at its Vancouver Drydock. “The primary aspect of the project will be the work on the propulsion system,” Hebson notes. He explains that “this will entail the complete removal and survey of the propulsion shafting system including propellers, main shafts, thrust shafts, brakes, thrust blocks and the shaft bearings in stern tubes.” In addition to the propulsion system the refit will include the replacement of the bow thruster system and some hull plates, renewal of the radar systems, preparation and coating of a double bottom water ballast tank, the installation of new windows and a new davit for the lifeboat and the relocation of the Zodiac Mark 5 to a new platform. Transport Canada – Marine Safety will perform a survey of the tanks and void spaces. This is not the first time that the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier has visited Seaspan. In 2017, the vessel also had a stop at Seaspan’s drydock for some extensive work. “We work hard to complete projects efficiently and quickly, and Seaspan is often trusted with

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The Tugboat Worker Lien Act By Emma Neill, Senior Tenures Forester, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development he B.C. government is looking broadly at legislation governing commercial liens. The long-term goal is to ensure the legislation is used and protects a broad range of industries in our province. In 1927, the Tugboat Worker Lien Act (TWLA) was introduced to encourage tug owners to extend credit to small logging operators by giving tugboat owners a lien over the tow. However, the protection offered is limited, as the lien rights expire after 30 days, unless a statement of lien or affidavit is filed in a B.C. Supreme Court registry. There is little evidence that these lien rights are actually used. The Law Reform Commission of British Columbia Report (1994) on the TWLA found that the Act provided little additional benefit to other remedies available under general law, and recommended the Act be repealed. Effective protection for workers and forestry contractors now exists through liens provided under the Employment Standards Act and the Forest Service Providers Protection Act. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is responsible

for the TWLA, and intends to recommend that the Act be repealed as part of the broader law reform project involving B.C. legislation that applies to liens for commercial services. The Province is considering whether to adopt the Uniform Liens Act prepared by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, which was recommended by the B.C. Law Institute in a 2003 report. The Uniform Liens Act covers liens that secure payment for commercial services provided to repair, store or transport goods and uses the rules and concepts in the Personal Property Security Act. The intention is to protect lien holders from losing their rights, and to provide fair and effective

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Named after a parish in Quebec, the St. Roch ship was built in B.C. It sailed the Northwest Passage from west to east from 1940 to 1942, and was the first to complete the passage in one season in 1944. Chambers says another exhibit on display at the museum is called Making Waves, which explores the history of Greenpeace. The exhibit examines the origins of Greenpeace and its first voyage from Vancouver to Alaska to protest nuclear testing. The display also includes an exploration into how Greenpeace expanded its fleet and influence around the world and found new causes to support, including the curbing of commercial whaling. Making Waves officially opens to the public on July 14, 2018 and runs until Sept. 7, 2020. In addition to special exhibits, the museum also consistently offers a library/archive on its website to

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HARKEN TOWING CO. LTD. • Canadian-owned and operated, professional-grade marine towing service in the Pacific Northwest for over 70 years. • Bonded for cross-border towing in the U.S.A. SAFE CERTIFIED EFFICIENT MARINE TOWING Dedicated and experienced marine employees with decades of knowledge. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Our fleet of 500hp-to-1800hp tugs is available to meet your marine towing needs throughout the Pacific Northwest. SERVICES • Ramp, aggregate and general barge towing • Ship loading • Fuel sites • Water taxi • Log boom towing and storage • Ship docking • Barge moorage

604-942-8511 • info@harkentowing.com www.harkentowing.com 1990 Argue Street, PO Box 7, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3V5

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Arrow Marine Services celebrates big milestone his year marks Arrow Transportation System Inc.’s 100th anniversary. Founded by Chuck Charles in 1919, four generations of the Charles family have

worked at Arrow and continue to work today. Arrow is a company that is proud of its heritage and the role it has played in developing North America’s transportation landscape. Arrow has been involved in the marine business since the 1940s. A single marine crane

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Project management, consultancy, engineering, conversion and retrofit services. Management of fleet upgrade, dry docking and new build programs. Ballast water management systems and scrubbers retrofits. LNG and offshore conversions.

Serving Quatsino Sound’s Marine Towing Transportation Needs For Over 60 Years.

Lionel Hole 109 Harbour Rd Coal Harbour, BC V0N 1K0

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Ph: 250.949.6358 Cell: 250.949.1201 Email: dhtimb@gmail.com

info@albionmarine.com +1 778 994 9993

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on Granville Island led to the formal startup of Arrow Marine Services in 1999 by Brian Charles. Arrow is one of Vancouver’s most trusted full-service shipyards. Located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond, B.C., the shipyard offers over three acres of shipyard space, a 330-ton marine travelift and covered facilities for year-round service. Arrow specializes in tugboats ranging from 40 to 330 tons, and provides a full range of tugboat specific services including emergency lifts, electrical and mechanical repairs, welding, major refits, inspections, on-site painting and sandblasting. In 2018, Arrow undertook a major rebuild tugboat project. Arrow purchased the Rivtow Shaman (1973, John Manly Ltd.) tug for a log towing contract in Adams Lake, B.C. Rebuild work of the tug included a substantial hull replacement, new expanded wheelhouse, all-new wiring, new steering system from hydraulics to electronic and new paint.

What makes this project so unique is that Arrow designed a wheelhouse that could be separated from the hull to facilitate highway transportation and then reattached on site. The new wiring was also designed to easily connect and disconnect to facilitate the wheelhouse removal and reassembly. In March 2018, the 12.25-metre (40-foot), 1004-horsepower Arrow Shaman tug was reassembled by crane and launched in Adams Lake to tow logs from the north end of the lake to a mill at the south end. Today, the tug handles a single log tow of up to 360 logging truck loads worth of wood or 20,000 square metres, which takes 24 hours round trip. Over the last 100 years, Arrow has become highly diversified, leading the way in developing servicefocused transportation solutions. From rail to road to sea, Arrow will continue to forge ahead. Ăœ

Full Service Repair Yard 330 Ton Marine Travelift Electrical and Mechanical Repairs Welding Painting and Blasting Vessel Refits

11660 Mitchell Road, Richmond BC 604-323-7430 marine.arrow.ca marineservice@arrow.ca

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Canada’s most iconic fuel station The Chevron Legacy Barge nchor up at Vancouver Harbour’s iconic gas station, one of the most photographed fuel stations in all of Canada. Chevron fuel barges have been serving tugboats, recreational yachts and marine vessels since 1936. Today, the Chevron Legacy remains as the only state-of-the art fuel barge of its kind — not only in Gasoline Alley, Coal Harbour, but also in all of British Columbia. The Chevron Legacy is equipped to dispense 50 million litres of fuel per year. In terms of capacity, the vessel can hold 1,284,000 litres of marine diesel, 160,500 litres of gasoline and 79,100 litres of bulk lube oil; complete with all the amenities of a marine gas station. The Chevron Legacy contains mooring docks, fuel pumps, fuel storage, pump rooms, lounge and even a limited pantry. Unlike other barges, it pumps fuel from on-site tanks rather than pipes onshore. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and rebuilt in 2009 by Alaska Ship & Drydock, the fuel barge was purchased by Parkland Fuel Corporation in 2017 when it acquired 129 Chevron branded retail service stations principally located in the Greater Vancouver area, 37 commercial cardlock locations in British Columbia and Alberta, a wholesale aviation business serving the Vancouver International Airport, three terminals located in Burnaby, Hatch Point and Port Hardy, B.C. and the 55,000 bpd light/sweet crude refinery located in Burnaby. The Chevron Legacy is one of three Parkland-owned marine fuel docks in the Lower Mainland, including Steveston and Richmond Marina

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on the North Arm that were also included in the acquisition. According to Mark Rizzo, General Manager, Pacific Region, for Parkland Fuel Corporation, the Chevron Legacy represents a key asset. “Not only is the Chevron Legacy an important selfcontained operation of the port, it was designed with a safety mentality — a core value of our business.” The barge includes a double hull, along with a complete fire suppression system. Additionally, it has the ability for rainwater recycling and has the capacity to withstand earthquakes. Before you set sail, be sure to make the Chevron Legacy your first fuel destination. Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean region through three channels: retail, commercial and wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves. Parkland is a branded distributor for Chevron in Canada and acquired Chevron Canada R & M ULC on Oct. 1, 2017. Ü


chevron legacy in coal harbour a long-standing tradition of safely providing quality services and products to the marine community 1-800-331-7353 · CommercialFuels@parkland.ca · Chevron.parkland.ca

© 2019 Parkland Fuel Corporation. All rights reserved. CHEVRON is a registered trademark of Chevron Intellectual Property LLC.


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Yard Services • Millwork • CSI • Refits • Welding Repower • Machine Shop • Blasting & Painting Now supplying all of your shafting and bearing needs. Prop shafts in 316, Aqualoy 17, 19 and 22 – any size and length as needed up to 6” diameter and 24’ long. We have 316 shafting for rudders or other needs. Cutlass bearings in assorted sizes in metallic, non-metallic and flanged.

BMG offers its own line of tow winches available from 1” to 1.5” line capacity. Please contact us for more details.

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BC Tugboat 2019  

There’s a lot going on in the tugboat industry. BC Ferries will soon be introducing the new Island Class Vessels. Two of the ferries will b...

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